Tuesday, September 18, 2012

What is it about movies like "Rudy" or "Remember the Titans" that move us? Make us get up and cheer, move us to tears? I think it's because we all can relate to hard times, struggles. Haven't we all failed at something, or struggled to achieve something that even might have been easy for someone else?

I believe we relate to each others weaknesses so much more than our image of "perfectness". The 2012 Summer Olympics is over and lots and lots of medals were handed out! But you know who I remember? Oscar Pistorius

He gave us hope! If he could do this, we can be successful against whatever it is that we are struggling with.


Thursday, August 30, 2012

asking for help

Asking for help can be hard!  I know just watch a kid learning to tie their own shoes. You can ask them ten thousand time "do you need help with that?" and usually they will tell you "no, I've got this".

Well sometimes we have to look at our life and ask,"Do I really got this?"  Have my habits, changed over the last 2-3 months?  Am I sleeping more, or having trouble sleeping?  Have I gained weight or lost weight not trying to over the last 2-3 months?  Am I still enjoying the things I used to enjoy doing?  If you answered no to 2 of those things, you need to ask for help from your doctor.  Or at least talk to your doctor about it, and ask what he/she suggest.  

Taking antidepressant can be a step in getting back on track!

If the above does not apply to you, and you are struggling with just life being tough, sickness, death, maybe it's time to talk to a pastor, or counselor and ask for help.

There is no shame in realizing that you need help.  Don't we all need a little help from time to time as we go throughout this life.

Sometimes we just need to find a person or group that can listen to us, or just hold our hand and be there for us.  Once you reach out, it is amazing how you will find out that you are not alone.

Take the steps today to reach out.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012


I hope you enjoy this video, I found this video uplifting!  I hope it touches your heart, if you are struggling with a heritage of a broken family, or dysfunction.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Starting a new habit

If an action repeated becomes a habit. Would we not want the habit of being happy? Let's start today with our actions. Choosing to smile when we see another human being. Whether or not it's a family member walking through the room, a sales clerk at the store, or an old friend.

Once we get in a habit of smiling, we may be shocked one day to realize that we are just actually smiling because we are happy, an automatic response to the life we choose to live.


Saturday, June 9, 2012


You have not been forgotten! Even if it feels that way. Even if in the midst of all your going through you can't see God. Never think that he has forgotten you!

Friday, June 8, 2012

What do you enjoy

Do you remember how the other day I wanted you to think and list two things you enjoyed doing or used to do.

Are you still doing those two activities you enjoyed? If not, why? What's stopping you? Let's work to try to do one of those two things in the next 7 days. If something is stopping g you, let's try to start working to getting back to the activity you enjoyed. (exams is you enjoyed running but have gained weight start walking to try to get back in shape to run)

Maybe you did the activity with someone who is no longer in your life. Look around for someone else to do this activity with or branch out and try it on your own. Be brave, you may discover your laughter again or at least find your self forgetting your heavy heart.

Let's start trying to live!


Wednesday, June 6, 2012


Hope-What is hope? Webster's defines hope -as to cherish a desire with anticipation. 1. To desire with expectations of obtainment. 2. To expect with confidence.

Have you lost your hope? Have you given up expecting anything? Has bitterness started to grow in your life? Has disappointment, frustration, or anger taken over your life? Where has it taken you? What choices in your life has it influenced? Has the joy left your life? If you were to stop and really look in the mirror would you even recognize the person you have become?

How did I end up here, maybe the question you find yourself wondering. Maybe you can pin point the event that changed your life. Maybe the life changing event happened to you because someone else's decision hurt you, maybe your actions hurt someone you loved. Maybe someone you loved left -either on their own free will or they didn't have a choice. Or maybe in your life, Big decisions are made for you. Let's start with the basic truth: life is not fair. But we have to start where each of us are.

What can we do right now to stop our destructive behaviors or stop "reactions" to life and decide to choose how to "react" (the definition of react being - to change in response to stimulus; to move or tend in a reverse direction) don't some of us need to back up and change the pathway we are on.

Let's stop and breathe and let's unpack this. Maybe it's time to stop this destructive thought life and patterns of behavior that makes you not

It can be scary to change! It can be very scary to start to try to take responsibility; even if it's only for our thought life. For the next 24 hours let's not look backwards. Let's stop defining ourselves by past or current events. Stop acting like whatever it was or is ended your life. If you are reading this you are still breathing. If your still breathing then you still have a life to live. What kind of life do you want? Take a deep breath -choose to react, to change the direction of our thought life.

Let's start with these 2 steps today:

1. Find 1 thing your thankful for.

2. Come up with & list 2 things you enjoy doing or remember that you used to do that you enjoyed.

Write them down & save them!! We will come back to these two things.


Thursday, May 31, 2012

How Big is your God?

How do you view God? Is your God bigger than your circumstances? Is he able to handle your worries, your concerns?

Psalm 121
"I lift up my eyes to the hills-
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip-
He who watches over you will not slumber;
Indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you-
The Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all harm- he will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore."

I love this chapter of scripture, when I feel overwhelmed I like to read & re read this passage and remember that my God is able, & that my God cares. I hope your day is a good day!

Saturday, January 21, 2012


I think this world is unjust, and unfair. At times we encounter mean people, people who hurt us. Others have not had to wait to meet a cruel person they have been born into a family with cruelty or where unjust treatment is the language of how they interact. Others, society views them as lowly or insignificant. For others their future looks hopeless no light can be seen at the end of the tunnel. No matter, what the cause of the pain is, the outcome can end with a person who is broken.

The dictionary defines broken as:
1. Forcibly separated into two or more pieces; fractured: a broken arm; broken glass.
2. Sundered by divorce, separation, or desertion of a parent or parents: children from broken homes; a broken marriage.
3. Having been violated: a broken promise.
a. Incomplete: a broken set of books.
b. Being in a state of disarray; disordered: troops fleeing in broken ranks.
a. Intermittently stopping and starting; discontinuous: a broken cable transmission.
b. Varying abruptly, as in pitch: broken sobs.
c. Spoken with gaps and errors: broken English.
6. Topographically rough; uneven: broken terrain.
a. Subdued totally; humbled: a broken spirit.
b. Weakened and infirm: broken health.
8. Crushed by grief: died of a broken heart.
9. Financially ruined; bankrupt.
10. Not functioning; out of order: a broken washing machine.

Does this sound like any of you? Are you fractured physically or emotionally? Have you been subdued totally, humbled? Have you been violated? Are you weakened crushed by grief? Have you been abandoned? If so you are not alone. I see you, maybe not physically, but I know you are out there hurting. I acknowledge your pain.

Second, you have value, you are important -even IF nobody around you acknowledges your worth, it does not change the fact that you are precious.

I would love to pray for any of you who would like prayer. You do not need to share with me any details, you don't even have to know if you believe in prayer. You just need to leave me a comment or just your name in the comment section and I will pray for you.

I hope your today is a better one than yesterday. I pray that you experience some peace in the midst of your despair.

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Monday, January 9, 2012

youv'e got mail

Oh do you remember when the Internet first came out, and the magical voice would announce when you had a "email", it would say "you've got mail". Did it make you excited? Did it make your heart beat a little faster? I know it did mine. I love mail!!

Well I am fairly new to Twitter. (I have been on it for over a year, but really only learning how to use in the last month -hey, I get busy!). One thing that is really neat is that you can "follow" people on twitter, and read their "tweets" or little shout outs. It is So much fun! I follow Beth Moore, Sheila Walsh, Tim Tebow, Bob Harper, etc.. Well the other day I read a tweet, that was written by a lady who is wanting to adopt a baby from a mother who is a drug addict, who is trying to fight her addiction. Sometimes good days, sometimes bad. The baby really needs to stay in the mother's womb about 7 more weeks. So she asked people to send letters or cards of encouragement to this special lady who is having such a hard time making it day to day.

The mailing address to send cards is:
Sanford Crisis Pregnancy Center
Attn: Marie Mondays
1002 S French Ave
Sanford FL 32771

The request is to pray for Marie, to fight her addiction. Also that the baby Anna that she is currently carrying, would not suffer side effects and would make it to a safe time to be born.
If you feel lead, please join me in mailing cards of encouragement to the above address. If you would like to learn more please look on twitter to follow: @ldharper, or look for www.facebook.com/pages/Lisa-Harper/120240462872?sk=notes to learn more.

Just remember how special it feels to receive mail, and think of blessing someone else with that gift. Thank you!