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Today Is a Good Day to Talk with God

“Today Is a Good Day to Talk with God” by Joan Y. Edwards

Many times during the holidays, you may forget about God. You may be so busy getting ready for special celebrations and get-togethers with family and friends that you leave God out of it. He wants to be there with you. He wants to be a part of your ritual and routine. He wants you to talk with him each morning. He wants you to talk with him during the day. He wants you to talk with him before you go to sleep.

God wants to help you achieve your dreams. He wants to heal you of your ailments. He wants to increase the money you earn and save.

You might say, “I don’t know how to talk with God. He is so big and powerful. He won’t talk to someone as unimportant as I am.”

This is not true. God made you in his image. He wants to be a part of your life. He wants to know the things that bother you. He wants to have a relationship with you.

If you need a reminder, put an index card on your dresser. Put an index card on your pillow. Put one on the remote control for the TV. Put a screensaver on your phone that says, “Talk to God.”

Talk to God in the morning. Talk to God at noon. Talk to God at night.

He’s always listening. He’s never too busy. If you call him on the phone and it seems he isn’t answering, think again. Check your ears to make sure they are open to new words from him. Check your eyes to see if they have on sunglasses that are so dark, you can’t see anything. Check your stomach to make sure you’re not eating foods that you know are not good for you. Check your feet to make sure you’re not walking into places you know are not good for you.

Ask God to forgive you for your mistakes and erring ways. Ask him to help you. Believe he will help you. He will be there for you. God’s got you covered. God loves you very much.
Love yourself and love others, too. Proclaim that you are a child of the most high God. 

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“God Knows” by Joan Y. Edwards

“God Knows” by Joan Y. Edwards 

In 2012, after I received an email with Lil Phoenix poem entitled “Ten Things God Won’t Ask on THAT Day:” I decided to put a different spin to it. God already knows the answers. I posted this on a different blog of mine in 2012. I thought you might enjoy it here. 

God Knows

“God Knows” by Joan Y. Edwards

  1. God knows what kind of car you drive. He loves it when you drive people who don’t have transportation.
  2. God knows how big your house is.  Joy fills his heart when you welcome others into your home.
  3. God knows how many clothes are in your closet. He rewards you when you help put clothes on others.
  4. God knows how much money you make. He increases it when you share it with others.
  5. God knows your job title. He helps you rise higher when you do your job to the best of your ability.
  6. God knows how many friends you have. He smiles each time you act friendly toward other people, even if they don’t act friendly toward you.
  7. God knows the neighborhood where you live. He is proud of all that you do your part to keep it safe, clean, neat, and orderly.
  8. God knows the color of your skin. He is happy when you treat others with respect, regardless of their skin color.
  9. God knows your strengths and weaknesses.  He celebrates when you accept yourself and others as you are and choose to follow in His footsteps.
  10. God knows how many people you meet on His path. He rejoices when you take time to encourage others on their trails  He loves you very much.


  1. Lil Phoenix. “Ten Things God Won’t Ask on THAT Day:”  http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/ten-things-god-won-t-ask-on-that-day/ 
  2. “God Won’t Ask:”

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Try Reading Positive Minded Books

If you want to cheer up, try reading positive minded books. If you’ve calmed down enough, you can order positive-minded books from the library, your local book store, or online store. Today my focus is on good books to enhance your attitude. You want your mood and attitude to be geared to the positive side. With a more positive outlook, you will be happier and healthier. If you’re like me sometimes, you’ve spent way too many minutes in the negative side. So here goes with seven books that might strike your fancy and help you smile:
1. The Holy Bible written by God’s people in his words. Empowering words are found here: “Ask and you shall receive…Love is patient…Love is kind.”
2. Tough Times Never Last, But Tough People Do by Robert H. Schuller
Reading this book helps you realize it’s not the end of the world. It leads you to thinking that will empower you. It helps you say, “There is enough.”
3. What You Think of Me Is None of My Business by Terry Cole Whitaker
This book helps you realize there is an abundance for everyone of whatever they need. It leads you to self-empowerment.
4. Your Best Life Now by Joel Osteen
This book tells you to focus on using your skills and strengths to reach your goals. Joels’ philosophy is that God wants only the best for his children. His book gives you seven steps to a happier you.
5. 8 Steps to Create the Life You Want: The Anatomy of a Successful Life by Creflo Dollar.
Creflo Dollar tells you the importance of watching the words you say. He also tells the importance of reading the Bible. He says that if you change your thinking you change your life.
6. 100 Ways to Motivate Yourself: Change Your Life Forever by Steve Chandler
This book has great ideas for boosting your spirits. It reminds you to do something for others. It reminds you that setting goals has to have action to accompany them.
7. The Sedona Method: Your Key to Lasting Happiness, Success, Peace, and Emotional Well-Being by Hale Dwoskin and Jack Canfield.
This book helps you release feelings that keep you stuck in fear and nervousness. When you release the feelings, you can think clearly and make better decisions. You will be able to accept yourself and others better.
I hope that these books might help you get to a comfortable spot where you love yourself. I want you to learn a new way to deal with an old problem. I want your old problems to disappear and never return.
I pray that God lead you to the right book. I want you to learn how loving, skillful, and talented you are. I hope you will realize how much God loves you. If there are other books you’ve read that might lift someone a little higher, please comment below. Give the title, author, and a sentence of why you enjoyed it an/or found it helpful.
Do something good for yourself.


Does Your Anger Leave You Sizzling?

Does your anger leave your sizzling or help you toward your goal? Chances are if you are sizzling with anger, you need to do stress relievers so you can think. If you’re sizzling, this means you are in emotional overdrive. All your oxygen and blood is going to your muscles for fight or flight…the brain is not in control.

Change what you are doing. Go to a different place. Write out all your feelings on a piece of paper or in a journal. Run in place for 10 minutes. Take a nap.

Write down all the beliefs that got you where you are now. Write down all the beliefs you would need to get you out of the place where you are now.

List 5 reasons to be happy the situation is not worse than it already is.

Do something productive and positive to help your outlook on the situation. The situation may actually be the same. What will have changed is the way you’re perceiving the situation.

When you are sizzling, you are viewing the situation as the end of the world. When you are calm and clear-thinking, you may see that it definitely isn’t the end of the world, and that you can do something to change it. You cannot change other people.  However, the only person you have even the smallest amount of control is yourself.  You can ask people to do certain things or not to do certain things, but ultimately it’s their choice, not yours to make. You don’t want control of other people. Having control of them means you are totally responsible for their actions. I can’t handle myself sometimes. I definitely don’t need to be responsible for others, too.

My mother, Ethel D. Meyer, told me some words that were very wise: Don’t ask a person a YES or NO question unless you are ready to accept either answer.

The times that I’ve asked people a question that was a yes or no answer and I thought I was ready to accept either answer and I wasn’t,  brought me the most tears in my life. Now that is humanity. Humanity steps in and we are not able to do what we would like to do. We don’t have what we want.  We start to sizzle.  Sizzle, steam, and sizzle.

Accept yourself and your situation as it is. Chances are there’s nothing you can do to change the past. Plan a way to change your attitude. Get rest. Get exercise. Read resources with different choices. Talk to and listen to others and find out what they have done that works in a similar situation. The Voice of Experience can save a lot of heartaches.

Pray. Play. Pray.

Say the “Our Father.”

Play. Read a funny book. Watch a funny movie. Play a game of solitaire. Draw a picture. Dream of how you want things to be. Look for ways to achieve your goal.

Say the “Our Father” again. He knows your wants and needs. Jesus said, “Ask and you shall receive.” He gives you what you need.  What you want may not be what you really need.

Now that your brain is in control and not your emotions, you can make plans to change your actions and aim them towards meeting your goal of what you want.

TAKE ACTION to change the situation for the better.  ACTION is what calms the inner boiler and puts the sizzle into positive energy and a good feeling. You have taken a lemon and made lemonade, you’ve formed an item of beauty to replace one of ugliness and bitterness.

If you look at yourself in the mirror while you are sizzling and after you have taken your clear thought out action, you will sense an undefeatible sense of accomplisment and pride.  You will notice that bit of God in you blossomed and shined in your face. You are healthier because you are not carrying around all that anger. You dissolved it and created a plan for a sense of accomplishment,  acceptance, and self-respect.  Be thankful to God. Be thankful for yourself and your  de-Sizzling anger actions.

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God Will Show You How by Mary L. Kupferle public domain

GOD WILL SHOW YOU HOW! Written by Mary L. Kupferle

Whatever you need to know or understand or do in this moment, dear friend, God will show you how. God will show you how to have more faith, patience, courage, wisdom, and strength. God will show you how to pray more effectively for yourself and for those you love. God will show you how to have greater control over your thoughts, words, emotions, and life.

Is there something you seek to accomplish that demands greater wisdom, than you feel you possess? God will show you how to handle any difficulty, surmount any challenge, and find any answers or solutions you have felt were beyond your grasp. Accept reassurance right now by declaring in faith, “God is showing me how!”

You need not listen for your Creator to shout divine directions in a commanding voice or blow a trumpet’s blast to catch your attention. Divine guidance most often comes in gentle movements as a still small voice within your mind, as a gentle nudge within your heart. Divine guidance may at times seem inconspicuous amid the noisy clamor of demanding situations confronting you, yet God will make His presence known. God will get a message through to you. God will show you how to listen, how to understand, and how to find your way.

Affirm repeatedly, God is showing me how. Build and rebuild this idea strongly within your thinking. Take it with you into the busiest day and follow-as obediently as you can – the smallest inner leading, the quietest inner bidding of love and wisdom. Especially when you least understand yourself, your moods, your reactions, or what is happening in your life, make a habit of telling yourself, “God is showing me how! Thank You, God, for showing me how!”

Your Father’s love for you, His offspring, is greater than any happening that has caused you to believe yourself not cared for or unworthy of His atten¬tion, guidance, and encouragement. Stand firmly upon the foundation saying, “God is showing me how!”

In the face of any persistent anxiety, rebellion, fear, disbelief, or unhappiness decree insistently, “God is showing me how!” With each declaration of this affirmative thought, you will find your confidence increasing. Learning, moment by moment, to listen within for the Father’s direction, you will hear more and more clearly the assurance for which you have longed.

A friend, past retirement age and in need of employment, shared recently how God had Shown her how to receive the help she urgently needed. Holding fast to the faith that God’ love would guide her, she was led through a series of events to “a wonderful job, just what I wanted and more. Besides having all expenses paid, I receive a good salary every week. Only God could have worked things out so perfectly!”

Another friend said that God had shown him how to meet the disappointment over a delay in travel plans – a trip that he and his wife had looked forward to for over two years-and an unexpected financial loss. He wrote:

“From this experience came a firm commitment to: let go and let God and to know that God’s plans for us are even better than we can humanly picture. As a result, my wife and I were shown how to handle every detail with wisdom. The financial loss was recovered, and exciting new travel plans were set. We know God will be with us every moment, assuring a delightful experience!”

God is always showing you how to find the good in any challenge of life. He will continually show you how to grasp the best thoughts to think, the right prayer to pray, the most helpful attitude to assume, and the wisest oath to travel. The loving Father does not expect you to go through any experience of life without His help and support. He wants you to know that you did not come into this life alone, and to remember that you do not go through it alone. God is always with you, helping you surmount every challenge.

Jesus Christ gave to His followers clear and specific examples of the unlimited ways in which divine help comes. These examples, which are recor¬ded in the Bible, are given to you, also. Today, He urges you to rely upon Him as a “good shepherd,” always at hand to protect and comfort His flock. He asks you to think of Him as a “door” that is always open to anyone willing to walk through into His ever-enfolding love. He is saying, in effect, “The Father and I will show you, always, how to find, accept, and experience every good you seek!”

By His own personal life example, His works and teachings, Jesus Christ continually shows you how to think as a child of God can think, how to live as a beloved child of God can live. He is reassuring you that the Father will show you how to do wisely and well anything required of you in this life. He is showing you, as the Father showed Him, how to move forward at the right time, how to quietly trust, how to constantly rely upon the Father’s love and direction.

If you feel critical of your ability to hear and understand God’s guidance, take heart, for some of the greatest leaders of all time felt the same. Moses questioned how he, feeling so incapable, could lead the Israelites to freedom. Yet, as he continued to pray, to listen, and to move forward, he found God was showing him how. Joshua doubted that he was wise enough to follow in Moses’ footsteps, yet he, too, was shown how, as he daily listened and did his consistent pest to “be strong and of good courage” (Deut. 31:6).

It is not always easy to persist in listening, in speaking positively, in praying with absolute conviction of your oneness with God when life’s challenges keep clamoring for attention. Pain is distracting, and so is anxiety about those you love. Because of such distractions, it is especially important to have a strong idea to affirm and reaffirm until your faith begins to speak louder than your misgivings. The words “God will show me how!” will serve this purpose and keep you centered, focused in the direction of healing, ready to receive your guidance, help, and other blessings.

If you find yourself becoming impatient because there seems to be no outward evidence of change, no indication of immediate improvement to your human eye, remember that every prayer is productive. Release all judgment regarding your efforts. Focus your attention upon knowing again and again. God is showing me how! You will find that whatever is best for your personal help and progress will be shown, and that good will result.

As an example of this, a friend wrote: “Things had finally come to a point of crisis; my life seemed to be totally out of control. I couldn’t eat, think, or pray, and finally decided to stop struggling. I didn’t try to meditate or pray about specifics. I just held onto the words ‘God is healing everything now.’ Miracles began coming through in less than twelve hours. It was as if everything quietly and peacefully fell into place! I am so very grateful to God for this astounding experience, for His showing me how to do my part so He could do His the better!”

Jesus Christ indicated clearly by His own words and actions that there were many different ways of communicating with the Father. Jesus often prayed by listening quietly within. As other times He spoke aloud, powerfully, the words that were needed to catch the attention of those who were held in a habit of disbelief. Again, He was often gentle and patient in helping His followers learn how to accept their healing, supply, or security. He was constantly showing how to communicate, express, and receive responses from the Father.

In using the idea God is showing me how! I have found that needs were met quickly. These words have brought a greater feeling of release regarding con¬cern over those dear to me, and have been a simple tool to use in any urgent need for guidance and courage.

“Thank you, God, for showing me how!” has also helped me to understand that so-called dry or unproductive periods are but forerunners of the greatest and best fulfillment. When I thought human hesitancy and feelings of inade¬quacy were hindering or delaying my good, I found the Father was in reality helping me during that time into greater strength, faith, and understanding. God is, indeed, always showing us how!

Remembering this will deepen and quicken your own faith, dear friend, and awaken you to a new awareness of your true oneness with the Father. It will help you to realize that you are a spiritual child of the Most High, with the same potentials as expressed by the One who proved that every “Gethsemane” is but a door to new life, to resurrection of the divinity within.

Take hold now, my friend, of this simple way of attuning yourself to your Father’s plan of good for you. Let His wisdom show you how to accept it. His love will enfold you in a manner you cannot humanly imagine. His peace will manifest itself within your heart without any need to understand how it can be so. God will reveal His processes of healing, even now, as you quietly turn to Him with the words, Thank You, Father, for showing me how!

The clouds will lift. Your feelings of aloneness will fade, and you will be warmed and comforted anew. Your fears of change and your apprehensions over demands, loss, or the future will give way to courage and assurance. You will find that nothing can prevent the Father from showing you how to accept your good.

Let go and let His love enfold you. Your Father cares for you and is showing you how!

This was written by Mary L. Kupferle

Titles of Books Written by Mary L. Kupferle

  1. “God Will See You Through”
  2. “God Never Fails”
  3. “Your Help Is at Hand”
  4. “Trust in the Goodness of God”


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