why we fail to achieve goals and how to rock your year

Why we fail to achieve goals & how to rock the new year

Ruthie character building, Christian living, Clutter-free mind, organization, Productivity, Regrouping 5 Comments

Why we fail to achieve goals…ever wonder that? I whispered this prayer on a Saturday morning in early December, seeking to prioritize my new year goals:   Father, I thank you for what I’ve endured this year, because you’ve shown me where to start next year.   The first reason we fail to achieve goals If you’re like me, you’ve …

One breakthrough strategy that will revive your War Room today. After I started this one simple thing, my prayer life was deepened, expanded, and empowered.

One Breakthrough Strategy that will revive your War Room today

Ruthie character building, Christian living, Rearing 7 Comments

Last week I shared my new prayer strategy with a friend over lunch. It’s nothing fancy.  People have been doing it for hundreds of years. But when I described its powerful effect not only on my life, but other moms as well, my friend nearly leaped out of her Cracker Barrel chair. “I’m in.  Count me in.  I’m doing this. …

Dear Mom of grown children, leave the past behind.  Positive advice and Scripture for "mom guilt". How to make peace with parenting fails - real or imagined

Dear mom of grown children: leave your regrets behind

Ruthie character building, Christian living, Clutter-free mind, Empty nesting, encouragement, Regrouping 10 Comments

Dear mom, I know you wish you could leave your regrets behind. You should have spent more time reading Dr. Seuss and Goodnight Moon. You should have been a stay-at-home mom You should have spoken softer (as in – not yelled) You should have made them stick with piano You should have let them quit piano You should have home …

How to make a decision when you're paralyzed by fear. Stop analyzing about making a wrong decision and start moving with these truths from God's Word.

How to make a decision when you’re paralyzed by fear

Ruthie character building, Christian living, encouragement 34 Comments

  Hi mama.  I have one thing I really want to tell you today. It’s this:  make a decision. Stop worrying, stop analyzing, and stop fearing. Nip it in the bud, Ange. “It’s better to go through the wrong door with your best self than the best door with your wrong self.  Sometimes the way in which I go through …

The one thing you need to do today is not the thing you think. The most important thing that should be on today's list.

The one thing you need to do today

Ruthie character building 6 Comments

  It was right there in the fine print:  200mg caffeine. Folks, anytime you purchase a protein supplement that reads, “High-Energy, Calorie-burning” – turn around slowly and walk away. I had a little problem last week. Jim brought home a vat of protein powder from Sam’s because that’s just how much he loves me. Totally serious here.  The man knows …

When trying isn’t good enough

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It’s time for Five Minute Friday over on Katemotaung’s blog!  Set the timer, write for five minutes, and post!  Today’s word prompt:                                                Try. Go. I signed up to sell Mary Kay Cosmetics when I turned 29 years old.  I’d never done anything like it before. I quickly learned I had to talk to people, put myself out there – and {gasp} …

Currently (A peek into my day)

Ruthie Gray character building, Christian living, Humor, Parenting Leave a Comment

Hello my peeps!  I hope you’ve had a pleasant day.  Here’s a list of things I’m doing currently:Bringing ~ my daughter Hayley back home from Ohio, having completed her junior year of college. Wondering ~ where did the year go?!? It seems like just yesterday we were walking her through Office Depot looking for a bookshelf for her dorm room. (Actually, it …

What to do when nothing is going right – 52 weeks

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“The Lord God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer’s feet, and He will make me walk on my high hills.” Habakkuk 3:19a        Do you ever wonder why the deer is cited so many times in Scripture?  Is the deer that sure-footed that we should want our steps to mimic his?       I asked my husband, the hunter, if a …

How God heals all your diseases – 52 verses

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“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits;   Who forgives all your iniquities,   Who heals all your diseases,   Who redeems your life from destruction,   Who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies,   Who satisfies your mouth with good things,   So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”     Psalm …

Release Regret and Move Forward – 52 Weeks

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“Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 3:13-14       Chances are, if  you’re human, you have regrets from the past.  …

Do you smell good? – 52 verses

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“Now thanks be to God who always leads us to triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.”  2 Corinthians 2:14      I love a good scent, don’t you?  A pumpkin spice scented candle in autumn, all the smells surrounding Thanksgiving dinner (turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy), my husband’s cologne as he’s …