Category Archives: Moving Forward

Countdown to 60 – 13 days

Time flies as my 60th birthday gets even closer.

Go to my Facebook page (lifecoachTA) and comment on any of the Countdown to 60 posts to be entered in a drawing for a copy of both of my books. Even if you do not knit or crochet, the short devotionals are still relevant. (one entry per comment – one comment per post)

“I don’t talk negatively to myself”

After I hosted the first “Defeating the Lies of Negative Self-Talk” webinar, I spoke with a woman who participated. She said “I think what you are offering is great, but I don’t talk negatively to myself”.

I thanked her for participating. A week or so later we met up again. She said she couldn’t believe it. She didn’t think she talked negatively to herself, and just that day alone she caught herself 3 times! Her daughter was standing beside her and interjected with a few more time she hadn’t noticed. “I am now paying attention to what I say to myself.”

The first goal of the program is to start to recognize this within ourselves. It may take some time. Catch yourself one time. Make note of it. Don’t stress or fret over it. Notice it.

You cannot deal with it if you have not recognized it.

Watch your conversation this week – with others and with yourself.

Are you speaking to/about yourself in an manner you would speak to/about someone you love?

“Take captive every thought” – 2 Corinthians 10:5

Journal Prompt

Every TV show and movie has theme song. It tells a story.

What would be the theme song of your life?

Journal Prompt: Week 14

You are stronger than you think. This week look back. What is something you did simply because you believed you could?

34 days to 60

I love this quote. I can so relate.
I often look at something I want and play the ‘what if’ game.

“What if I fall”
“What if I fail”
“What if I don’t like it”
“What if……..”

Then a new perspective asks
“What if I fly”
“What if I succeed”
“What if I do like it”
“What if……..”

Perspective makes such a difference.

From what perspective do you look at opportunities?

40 Days to 60

As a Recovering People Pleaser, I must hold tight to these words.

41 days

In 41 days I will celebrate my 60th birthday.

Along the way I am reminded of the many blessings God has bestowed on my life from the very beginning.

God knew me from before I was born and loved me even then. When I am troubled and feel alone I am reminded of His love, mercy, and grace. These were gifts to me from the beginning.

Too often we overlook the blessings right in front of us: the sunrise, a smile, an encouraging word, a beautiful scenery. We look past these to the chaos that surrounds us.

Today I celebrate God’s love, mercy, and grace which He prepared for me long before my birth.

Thank you Lord.

43 days to 60

I am celebrating as I countdown to my 60th birthday.

I feel empowered when I hear the phrase “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are right.”

Our minds are so powerful.

What you focus on is where you will go. What am I focusing on? That my life may reflect Jesus in all that I do. While I often fail, it is my goal. Every day I desire to reflect Him.

If I focus on my failures, I will never move forward. Otherwise the “think I cannot” wins.

And I won’t let it. Today, I think I can. And like the Little Engine That Could, I will succeed.

Where are your thoughts leading you today?

Journal Prompt – Week 12

This week’s journal prompt hopes to bring a smile to your face.

50 days to 60

Today I am celebrating me. Why? Just because. No special reason, just because.

I was reading some posts on Facebook today about forgiveness. The hardest person to forgive, in my opinion and personal experience, is myself. I can forgive others, but I often find myself unforgivable – even for trivial incidents. I would make an innocent error into a large guilt event.

I felt I was to be like Jesus – perfect. If I failed perfection I was an unforgivable and terrible person. NOT TRUE. That is one of the lies I have worked hard to defeat. We are to reflect Jesus in our love of one another, not in our misperception of perfection.

As I reflect on who I am today I celebrate. With all my flaws, scars, and imperfections I am a child God. That makes me a Princess. I will put on my plastic tiara and remind myself of that. God accepts and forgives me. If He does, then who am I to hold on to my personal unforgiveness.

Today, I celebrate being me. What are you celebrating?