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My Journey to becoming a Noble Woman – Day 5

January 9, 2010

Scripture to memorize:

A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.
Proverbs 31:10-11

Passage to Read:  Philippians 4:4-9
Today’s passage dealt with peace.  I think we can all use a little more peace in our lives and our world.  It also reminds us to not be anxious but to take everything to God in prayer.  When we believe in God and trust His Word we can rejoice that all things will work for God’s Glory and our good.  So, Rejoice and be glad in it!

Guided Prayer: To help you along pray using these points:

  1. Tell God how you are rejoicing in His love.
  2. Thank God.
  3. Choose, by faith, not to be anxious over anything.  (I know easier said than done.)
  4. Tell God you trust Him.
  5. Ask God to help you recognize and remain in His peace.

Here’s an Ouch! (at least it was for me) — Capable women don’t complain.  (oops! I complain a lot and over meaningless stuff, at least in when seen through the big lenses of life.)  There is nothing noble or dignified about a complaining woman.

Do you choose to take action to change something or do you do nothing and complain?  (Don’t we call that whining in our children?)  Do you have the faith to accept the things you cannot change and trust that God has a plan?

I’ll be honest when I was in high school I was dubbed the “Eternal Optimist.”  When I questioned the boy that told me this, his response was, “You always see the good in others and the good in the situation.  Even when others have done or said something to hurt you; you’ve tried, and most times, found the good.”  Looking back, I did do that.  Unfortunately, somewhere over the years of hurt and disappointments I stopped looking for the good and found myself looking out for the bad.  The sad thing is I’m only now discovering that the first path made for a much happier, joyful and peaceful life.  You see when you look for the best in others most times they will rise up to the challenge, but if you only see the worse in others you find yourself falling into the muck with them.

One way to get on the Optimist Track is to always believe the best of others (as well as ourselves).  Look for the lesson in those not so pleasant moments; look for the positive.  There is a saying that beneath every storm cloud is a silver lining — I challenge you to start looking and finding those silver linings.

Or you can choose to continue down the road where all you see is what is wrong with others (and yourself) and be miserable.  Just be warned all this second path does is lead you to a life filled with misery and sadness.

Choose today to focus on what is right rather than what is wrong.  Choose positive daily affirmations to help you on your journey.

Practical Applications:
Use Daily Affirmations — write them in your notebook, on post-its and wherever you can see them.  Repeat often.

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