Attitude

Attitude can make ALL of the difference between having a good experience or a bad one! When you talk to someone, even on the phone, your attitude can set the mood for the whole interaction! Even if you are talking to someone who cannot see your facial expressions, things can be conveyed through your tone of voice and the words you use. Choose your words carefully and speak the way that you would like to be spoken to if you were on the other end! Kindness and cheerfulness can be contagious so spread that around!

God bless you!

Patricia Styers

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Positioning

Positioning is VERY important! Have you ever tried to do something that you were not called and equipped to do? I had an algebra teacher that definitely KNEW how to do algebra but she did not know how to TEACH what she knew to others! No matter how much time I spent after school talking to her and trying to understand, I did not get it! Later, in college I was blessed to get a few Algebra, College Math and Statistics teachers who KNEW  how to convey their knowledge to others and I got A’s in their classes. What a difference good teachers can make! 

Someone may want to be the quarterback star of a football team but they may not be qualified to do that! They might have some skills but not all the skills that are needed for that position. Maybe they are better suited to a different position on the team or to something entirely different than football. 

I took a job once because I thought it might lead me to the position I really wanted and was trained and qualified to do. It never did! Although I gave everything I could to the position I held and got the job done, I was miserable because I always felt “out of place.”

I have seen some who were trying to be pastors but they were NOT called to do that because they did not have a pastor’s heart for the people in their congregation.  Maybe their real calling was to be in the helps ministry in a supportive role in the church. Some people like titles and that is very important to them. However, if you have a title but are not called to the position, you do yourself, others and even more importantly God, a great disservice.  If you are called to evangelism and you are trying to be a pastor, you are in the wrong position!  

God has blessed all of us with gifts and talents and we are all called for some purpose. We all need to seek the Lord and let Him position us where we need to be so He is glorified! 

Father Knows Best

Does anyone else (besides me) remember the TV show “Father Knows Best”? Okay, so I admit it…I AM old! Back in the day (ever heard that expression before? Well, NOW you have, straight from the lips or slow typing fingers of a genuinely old person) when life was very different, there was a television show called Father Knows Best. 

My question to those of us who are Christians is…do we live like we believe that our Heavenly Father knows best? 

God bless you! 

Patricia Styers

Think On These Things!

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things (Philippians 4:8 KJV).

What are YOU thinking about? We ALL need to ask ourselves if our thoughts meet the criteria in that verse. If not, we need our minds renewed! Renewing of the mind comes by spending time with the Lord and in His Word (the Bible).

Tapestry

Our lives are like a tapestry.  Have you ever closely examined a tapestry? It is a wonderful kind of exquisite art form with intricate designs woven into a beautiful wall hanging. The artist must know how to take threads and create something beautiful. The artist has a picture in their mind of what the tapestry will look like when it is finished.  God is the MASTER weaver and creator and He had a tapestry in mind when He created us. He is still working on us and weaving our lives into what He has pictured for us. Sometimes we look at our lives and see what seems to be a haphazard bunch of threads because we cannot see the beautiful tapestry that God is creating.  We need to trust the Master weaver, designer and creator and know that He will make all things beautiful in HIS time. “Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end” (Ecclesiastes 3:11 NLT). We may not know or fully understand His design in our lives until we get to Heaven but we need to trust Him with our lives.

God bless!

Patricia Styers

Activity, Noise & Distractions

I wrote the following 4 years ago and posted it on Facebook. I wanted to share it here now because it still holds true. 

This world is geared towards activity and noise. We are surrounded by it and we are used to it. How many times have you turned on the television even though you were not really paying attention to it? It is background noise. When is the last time that you just sat down and enjoyed total quietness? The Bible says; “in quietness and confidence shall be your strength” and it also says “be still and know that I am God.”Activity can be a distraction that prevents us from truly listening and hearing what we NEED to hear. If you are a Christian, try being quiet before the Lord so that He can speak to you. You will be amazed at what you can hear Him say IF you are listening! He loves you and He desires to have a two-way conversation with you. We are so wrong in our ideas about prayer and what it is. We talk to God and pray for everything that we want help with and then we are on our way going about our activities. God must be so disappointed when we do all the talking and don’t allow Him the time to say what He wants to say to us. If you don’t think that God talks to people today, maybe you just haven’t been listening. Spend some time being quiet before the Lord today and every day. We are so used to noise and distractions that it may take awhile to learn to do this but commit some time to being quiet before the Lord. If you are listening, He will speak! Our growth will come not through talking to God but in listening to Him and then acting on what HE tells us!