Overcoming Faith

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Years ago, I came across a prayer that captured my need for Christ perfectly. I printed out its words and tacked it to the bulletin board besides my bunk bed in my college dorm room.

“Dear Lord,
So far I’ve done all right.
I haven’t gossipped,
haven’t lost my temper,
haven’t been greedy, grumpy, nasty, selfish, or overindulgent.
I’m really glad about that.

But in a few minutes, God,
I’m going to get out of bed.
And from then on,
I’m going to need a lot more help.”

On my own, I am a victim of my selfish humanity. I’m born in sin and a slave to my fleshly passions. No matter how hard I try to live a righteous life, I will always end up defeated and discouraged.

Thankfully, Christ extended His mercy to us all…

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How to Combat Marital Malaise

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“Why am I so exhausted tonight?” my husband asked as he collapsed on the hotel bed. We’d taken a few days off to celebrate his birthday and recover from a very busy month at work.

I yawned in response, “We cheated on the diet twice today. Remember?” For 4 months, we’d towed the line and eliminated sugar and bad carbohydrates. Our new-found dedication to healthy eating began on a rainy day in February when I drove my husband to the ER. A sore throat had morphed into a cold that quickly escalated into pneumonia. He’d felt a little off for days, but his immune system had gone on vacation. The doctor explained that his blood test had revealed off the chart high blood sugar. His whole body was polluted by an invisible infection.

I’ve learned not to ignore a tickle in my throat. It’s my body sounding an alarm. When I start to feel a little off, I no longer take it lightly. I take action.

I am starting to recognize the warning signs in my marriage as well. Some days, it seems like a marital malaise has invaded my home. I can’t pinpoint the poison, but the health and vitality of our relationship is in danger.

When I slow down to examine and address the root cause, it usually stems from one of these pesky tormentors….

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How to Diffuse Love in Your Home

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When Bruce told me that he was not feeling well, I went into “fix-it” mode.

I  pulled out the vitamin C and Tylenol, and then I texted my closest friends and asked them to pray. Three of my friends suggested trying essential oils. My phone was dinging all day with suggestions of concoctions that would help Bruce ward of toxins.

I must slather frankincense with coconut oil on his chest.

I should consider rubbing eucalyptus with lavender on his feet.

I could mix a roller ball with something called Thieves blended with oregano and rosemary. This should be applied to the upper back and neck every hour on the hour.

My sweet friend was kind enough to put a special flu bomb recipe together for me and even poured oils into capsules for Bruce to swallow.

At the end of the day, Bruce ended up super congested anyway, but his chest smelled like a salad dressing for almost a week.

He did love the diffuser I bought though. I knew I had a convert when I called him from work, and he informed me that he had taken it with him into the garage.

We’ve decided that we love our diffuser. In fact, I now own four of them. (Okay, I may have gone a little overboard with the Essential oil research, but when I am stressed I apparently start buying things on Amazon as a coping strategy.)

Besides making the house smell fabulous, the point of diffusing the essential oils is to rid the house of toxins and evil elements in the air that will suck the life out of you. (At least that was my interpretation of it.)

Here’s the thing, toxins in the atmosphere can impact my well-being.

Over the last two weeks, I’ve become quite a chemist at creating essential oil formulas to help dispel the poisons.

This morning I was reading in Ephesians, and I learned that Paul had a few formulas of his own.

How to Diffuse Love in Your Home

  • Be humble: Don’t demand your way. Give preference to others.
  • Be gentle: Rather than bulldoze over your loved ones, let your words be seasoned with grace.
  • Be tolerant: Remember that no one is perfect. We are all sinners in need of God’s forgiveness. Be patient with the weaknesses of your fellow man.

Creating a toxic free environment doesn’t require complicated formulas.  Just apply love liberally.  

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Deep Within

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Recently, Cheryl Smith invited me to look deep within.  Cheryl does a weekly interview on her blog where she provides a space for “iron to sharpen iron” as we examine our “Inner Views.”

I must admit that it took me quite a while to respond to several of these questions.  A little introspection is good for the soul.

Interview Questions:

  1. Tell us about your childhood.  (Where were you born, where did you grow up, what were your childhood years like, etc.  Please feel free to share as much or as little as you would like and feel comfortable with.  J)
  2. How old were you when you became a Christian?  What led you to take that step?  Is there a particular person who has most influenced you in your walk with Jesus?
  3. We would love to hear your love story.  How did you and your husband meet?  Was it love at first sight?  When did you realize he was “the one” for you?
  4. What are you most passionate about?  What fulfills you most?
  5. Looking back over your life, what do you consider to be your darkest season?  How did your faith in God see you through those difficult days?
  6. What is your greatest strength?  How does God use that trait to help others?
  7. Do you consider yourself an introvert or extrovert?
  8. What is the most exciting ministry you have had the privilege of becoming involved in?
  9. Tell us about your blog, 3dlessons4life.  What prompted you to start blogging?  How did you decide upon the name of your blog?  How has blogging impacted and enriched your life?  Where do you find inspiration for blog posts?  Is there a particular place you like to go to write?
  10. Is there a cause you care deeply about and would like to introduce us to?
  11. At the end of your life, what do you most hope to leave behind?  What legacy do you most long to create as you walk this journey?
  12. On your bucket list, what have you already experienced and accomplished?  What do you yet hope to do?
  13. Who do you consider to be your biggest hero?  What person in your life would you most like to emulate?
  14. How do you personally stay encouraged?  Are there specific Bible verses, songs, books, or other resources that you turn to in times of discouragement?
  15. How can we pray for you now?

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Carbonated Holiness

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Last Wednesday, Bruce told me he was coming down with a cold, and I threw myself a Pobrecita Pity Party.

For the last 7 days, I’ve succumbed to the worry monster. I’ve pleaded with God to heal my husband. I’ve helicoptered around him with essential oils, a steam inhaler, and 3 prescription meds.

Besides prayer and my team of praying friends, the one thing that has kept me afloat is that Bruce can still make me laugh, even when he is not trying to be funny.

On Saturday, I was up late burning the midnight oil while my congested husband snored beside me.  He’d slept fitfully all week due to the incessant coughing attacks, but we’d visited a Walk-in Clinic earlier that day and left with a prescription for a magical syrupy elixir that was supposed to bring him rest.

And rest he did.  Until he woke up at 2 AM and decided to go raid the kitchen.  I am used to his nocturnal foraging adventures, so I just stayed in bed with my laptop as he disappeared into the darkness.

About twenty minutes later, my semi-loopy husband barged into the room like a Navy Seal on a reconnaissance mission. He was in search and rescue mode in his sleep.

He surveyed the room with his beady, glossed over eyes trying to locate an important item.

“Are you looking for something, baby?”  I asked.  “Why don’t you come back to bed?”

He slurred a few nonsensical sentences before he uttered one word that made sense.  “Milk.”

“Are you looking for the milk, sweetheart?   It’s in the fridge.  Why don’t you just come back to bed?”

He slithered back into the black of night, and I sat in the bed laughing my head off.  Eventually, my cold-infested commando acknowledged defeat and came back to bed.

On Sunday morning, we crawled out of bed and headed to the kitchen for some cereal.  Unfortunately, the milk was no where to be found.  It had magically disappeared in the middle of the night.  We took turns guessing who could have absconded with it —  zombies?  evil elves? chachkies that came to life while we slept?  We spent two days giggling about it until we found the milk under the kitchen sink next to the Windex and Palmolive.

Laughter really is the world’s best medicine.  My friend Jennifer and Anita Renfroe reminded me today.  As I watched their chat on the importance of intentionally reaching for happiness, Anita mentioned an Anne Lamott quote that made my ears perk up:

Laughter is carbonated holiness.

I googled the quote as it was new to me and came across a Christianity Today article by Carolyn Arends where she further expounded: “Laughter is my favorite form of worship.”

Now, there is a spiritual discipline I’d never considered.

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I’m giving away a copy of Jennifer Dukes Lee’s book, The Happiness Dare!

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Would you like to be happier?
No matter who you are or how you feel, chances are you would answer yes. And Jennifer Dukes Lee was no different. For years, she wrestled with a constant nagging sense that she wasn’t as happy as she could be. At the same time, she felt guilty for wanting something so “shallow.” After all, doesn’t God only care that we find joy in our circumstances? Or is it possible that God really does want us to be happy?

Determined to get answers, Jennifer embarked on a quest to find out whether our happiness matters to God and, if so, how to pursue it in a way that pleases him.

In The Happiness Dare, you’ll learn what she discovered, including how to:

  • Understand the five happiness styles and maximize yours
  • Overcome the four biggest obstacles that stand in the way of your happiness
  • Find your happiness sweet spot―the place, relationship, or activity that gives you the greatest sense of well-being
  • Discover what you can do in just five minutes a day to be happier

Will you take the dare?

Join Jennifer in the pursuit of your truest, most satisfied, and most faith-filled self.  Head on over to Amazon to purchase The Happiness Dare.

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Jennifer Dukes Lee is an award-winning former news journalist, an (in)courage writer and a blogger athttp://www.JenniferDukesLee.com. Jennifer once took a dare to find out whether happiness matters to God and, if so, how to pursue it in a way that pleases Him. Out of that quest, was born:The Happiness Dare: Pursuing Your Heart’s Deepest, Holiest, and Most Vulnerable Desire.

 

 
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