At Breath on Paper we believe that memorizing scripture is the best ways to get the Word of God in our heart. Today we have chosen a verse that reminds us of God's love for us. What Kind of Love - what kind of love the Father has GIVEN us. He calls us His children. … Continue reading Breath Day
I sat in my usual spot on the couch by the window in small group this past Sunday afternoon, before sharing our posts with each other. I must confess I wasn't looking forward to the question that would follow prayer. "Who has their post on Peace?" This question wouldn't have bothered me if it weren't the … Continue reading Peace When There Is No Peace
Self-control is the most difficult of the fruit of the Spirit for so many of us. In our world today our eyes and ears get fed an extravagant display of self-indulgence. We are fatter, angrier and more addicted than ever before as we have given ourselves over to self-indulgence instead of self-control. “Like a city … Continue reading Under New Management
For God has not given us a spirit of fear (timidity, cowardice) but of power and of love and of self-control (sound mind, discipline, instruction, judgement, sobriety). 2 Timothy 1:7 There was a time in my life when fear ruled me. It permeated every decision, stalled or stopped almost every adventure, and I was powerless … Continue reading Fearless Leading
Yes, I know we’re writing about SELF control this week, not SHELF control, but besides being an ironically lame (and therefor funny) pun, I want to talk about the shelf that we all have in our hearts that we tend to put ourselves on and exclude others from. The shelf is the judgy-judgy shelf from … Continue reading Shelf Control
Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. 27 No, I strike … Continue reading Crowning Glory
Set a guard over my mouth, LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips. –Psalm 141:3 11/26/2012 “Today is Monday and it actually turned out to be a good one. I turned in my two-week notice on Friday (not knowing I was going to). The rest of the day went peacefully. I … Continue reading Time Out
According to Psychology Today, "It is the ability to subdue our impulses in order to achieve longer-term goals. Rather than responding to immediate impulses, we can plan, evaluate alternative actions, and, often enough, avoid doing things we'll later regret. It is restraint exercised over one's own impulses, emotions, or desires. The ability to exert self-control is … Continue reading Self-control— What Is That Anyway?
I've fanned the flames of fires before, but I've also hosed them down. Being someone whose been on both ends, seeing the smoke clear is much more rewarding than coughing up the ashes.
I score a high DI in the DISC personality test. Gentleness is not something that comes natural for me. That's just the way I am. Right? So does that mean I shouldn't expect or aspire gentleness to be a fruit of the Spirit in my life? You know, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness………gentleness. I am also true to … Continue reading Gentle vs. Strong