Sara’s Corner

“Stretch not Stress! Pray not Scream! Praise not Complain!

Pet your dog not your ulcer! Write a positive not a negative!”

Be a Peacemaker not a troublemaker! Be poor in spirit not in good sense!

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25 thoughts on “Sara’s Corner

  1. These all look like choices …each one containing a good choice and a bad choice with the good choice leading to life and blessings for those making the good choice and those around them.
    Like poor in spirit: “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matt 5:3
    And “Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called sons of God.” Matt 5:9

  2. These remind me of what the Lord said in the Scriptures….” I place before you life and death. Choose life.” I mean He even told us the answer to the proposition. So Sara has set before a set of choices, as Debi says, and has already told us the answers. If there is any doubt or confusion, the first choice is the right answer.
    Thanks, Sara.

  3. Speaking of petting your dog instead of an ulcer, who could resist that precious little mascot of, LILY, the auburn-haired Sheltie. She is so worth the petting,
    Bless the beasts and the children. Amen

  4. Worry causes stress. When we are focused on worry it becomes our God. The worry begins to take over. If we are stress out, we are overwhelmed with some type of worry. When we are overwhelmed, we are out of control. We are not in control of our emotions, we begin to scream and yell. Our blood pressure increases, our heartrate increases. Stress steals our sleep, steals our appetite, steals our health. God is control. God is peace. God is rest. God is good health. Proverbs 12:25 “Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.” Jesus teaches us about worry in Matthew 6:25-34 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life-whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your Heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27 CAN ALL YOUR WORRIES ADD A SINGLE MOMENT TO YOUR LIFE?
    28And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies in the field and how they grow. They don’t work and make their clothing, 29yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautiful as they are. 30And if God cares so wonderfully about wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. WHY DO YOU HAVE SO LITTLE FAITH?
    31So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘ What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear? 32These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your Heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33SEEK THE KINGDOM OF GOD ABOVE ALL ELSE, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
    34 So don’t worry about tomorrow , for tomorrow will bring it’s own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”
    So it makes sense to me, if we feel overwhelmed with stress (worry) to stretch our arms out to our Heavenly Father. To pray not scream . To praise not complain. To pet our dog and not our ulcer. To be positive not negative and to be peacemakers not troublemakers. So Let us pray! Let us pray and continue to pray. Knowing that everything is taken care of by our Heavenly Father. Don’t worry! Be Happy!!!!!

  5. I thought of a few more ……help and not hinder….have faith and not fear….rich in Christ and not in self…….

  6. Good Chickenfarmer, let us pray. For the prayers of one righteous person avails much in God’s sight.

    Love it Dorothy, help not hinder!!!!!!!
    Rich in Christ not self!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Faith and not fear!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is action of the best kind Dorothy!!!! Help not Hinder, don’t think I’m going to forget this…..

  7. Wise insights and suggestions Dorothy and chickenfarmer I hadn’t thought of stretch in that light but that is truly an excercise in faith.

  8. Fake, what a word, not sure what it really means? I just watched my once a year TV experience other than sports and daily news, American Idol!

    I hear and see many things I think ‘fake’ on show, but they say, “just being true to myself.”Funny yet, they want lots of praise for their ‘fake’ being true to themselves because they said Mom or Dad or friend sure lavished praise on them. Maybe a little put down would be in order. My favorite judge on the show knows just how to do it. Not sure if they have faith but;

    Heal not Hurt. Jesus is the only one that can really do that. He heals the brokenhearted. Maybe when the fakes are brokenhearted because someone has praise them incorrectly they can be put back together properly by the healer.

    Honesty not dishonor! Love not hate! Truth not lies! Self-control not impulse!

    How exciting to take a purse load of good words with us each day.

  9. After reading the above comments and Beth Moore’s study on David, she said the following,
    “The real issue is not whether or not life is fair. The real issue is ‘How will I respond to the difficult and painful events that occur in my life.'” We have a choice to either respond in wisdom or in bitterness. She says this is far more important than any hardship we face. So we must exhibit self-control and choose wisdom. Lack of self-control led Absalom (David’s son) on a path of destruction. He was never satisfied after his following actions: killed Amnon due to rape of sister, returned to Jersusalem without punishment, stole the heart’s of his father’s people. All of which killed him in the end.

  10. Love, not hate. That is, to love what is good and hate what is evil or of no spiritual consequence. Paul writes to Timothy, “Demas has left me and the ministry for love of this present world”

  11. Fight don’t faint.
    “I have fought the good fight. I have completed the race. I have kept the faith.” II Tim 4:7

    Perservere don’t procrastinate.
    “…not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord”
    Psalm 12:11

  12. “Be poor in spirit but not in common (good) sense!” Matth. 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
    ( good) common-sense. good sense and sound judgment in practical matters : Proverbs 4 gives us the way to do this and vs.22 really should give us the want to: “for (common-sense) brings life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body.”

  13. Good not evil… not death ( Deut. 30:14-16)
    repenting not justifying
    thorough not half-baked (Hosea 7:8)

  14. This spiritual excercise is delightful. Here are some more from God’s Word.
    Fearless not Feckless (Rev. 21:8 Message)
    Courage not Cowardly ( ” ” AMP.)
    Humble not Haughty (James 3:17 Message)
    Hearty not Hard-hearted
    Careful not Careless

  15. Humbleness not presumptuosness.
    “Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.” Psalm 19:13
    Proverbs 22:4 “The reward of humility and the fear of the LORD is riches, and honour, and life.”

  16. “CRUCIFYING NOT JUSTIFYING.. .Gal 5:24 “And those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its godless appetites and materialistic desires.”
    Paul says “I die daily” (dies to his flesh.)

    Faith NOT fLESH!

  17. Speaking of love…..Jesus told the church in Philadelphia, recorded in the Book of Revelation, “I will cause them (your enemies) to fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I HAVE LOVED YOU!!” Oh wow. He is telling them that HE LOVES US and He’s telling the world. So Needles is perfectly Scriptural when she says, GOD LOVES US ALL.

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