Self-Control

Even on the Cloudy Days

Self-Control is described as restraint exercised over one’s own impulses, emotions or desires.

Galatians 5:23 – “…gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!”

Proverbs 5:21-23 – 21) For the Lord sees clearly what a man does, examining every path he takes. 22) An evil man is held captive by his own sins; they are ropes that catch and hold him. 23) He will die for lack of self-control; he willl be lost because of his great foolishness.”

Proverbs 16:32 -“Better to be patient than powerful; better to have self-control than to conquer a city.”

Losing control can cause you to forfeit what you want the most. Losing self-control means your temper or the emotion of anger has taken control. Application of biblical principles moves us from just having knowledge to a life-changing experience.

Self-control is a fruit of the Spirit. All of us are challenged with the self-control at one point or another. This is not the same as maintaining self-control for the most part. Challenges should not be able to continually overtake you. As a fruit of the Spirit, you should be able to experience the emotion and yet instead of losing control, you are able to maintain self-control. I wanted to present this information from the biblical perspective. There is much material out there on self-control; from a psychological perspective, humane perspective, as well as a self-help perspective.

This choice from the biblical perspective is based on inner transformation because it changes you. It is not focused on behaviors but based on the work of the Spirit of God. This means that you are not working on how you act (behavior). Instead, it is how you respond. Applying biblical principles changes who you are. That said, how you react is based on who you become and not what you do. Self-control is not easy because the flesh wants what the flesh wants. However, that is the significance between changing the inner man from the heart as opposed to changing behaviors.

Psalm 37:8 – “Stop being angry! Turn from your rage! Do not lose your temper-it only leads to harm.” Everyone involved in any given situation is harmed when anger is not put to bed. Doesn’t mean you don’t feel or you haven’t been hurt. Just means you refuse to let your emotions rule you.

Apparently, the Scriptures have plenty to say about self-control. I have included some Scriptures for you to review and meditate on. I personally do not believe that I can live an abundant life without God. That includes mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical. In that vein, it is about making the spiritual man your center. That is the foundation of true self-control.

It should be clear that anger is not the only emotion that requires self-control.

I listed some other Scriptures for you, the reader, to do your own legwork. Get in there and let God’s word speak to you.

1Timothy 3:2; 1 Timothy 3:11; Titus 2:2; 1 Peter 1:13; 2 Peter 1:6

Be blessed…

“Faithing It”_A Book Review

Faithing It

“Faithing It” –  Cora Jakes Coleman is the author of this book. She has a boldness and a flair for writing about faith, from her experience and learning the Word of God in a household that grew up in the faith of God. Her father is T.D. Jakes, an amazing man of God. And, her mother is an impressive woman of God who has also made her imprint for the faith in being an awesome wife, a mother and woman of faith. You can find out more about this wonderful woman of God on her website, corajakescoleman by clicking the link.
Continue reading the review…!

Change of Scenery

I decided to change my theme and hope that you enjoy it. Since my computer crashed and I lost all my images, I must begin a new collection. Pictures will be added again soon. I believe honestly and sincerely that God has begun a new thing in me and rather than mourn the loss, I will just flow with the Holy Spirit.

As I move forward in this year with my commitment to write more often, I have had to focus on that. Life brings challenges, events and just plain utter distractions. I have also been reading the blogs of others and those I follow. Realizing that I truly love to write, my commitment is stronger than ever thanks to other bloggers who have stayed true to form.

I admire Chris Martin for his style of writing. No matter what he writes about, it reflects sincerity, honesty and style. He captures your attention. His honesty is refreshing and never condescending or disrespectful. I have found other authors that I enjoy as well and have decided to not just follow but plug into what they have to say. I also realize that I enjoy reading what others share. My understanding and desire deepens for writing as I begin to truly share my own journey.

At one point, I was very apprehensive – almost fearful – of the vulnerability that comes with putting the pen to paper and sharing my journey. I’ve always written but the sharing part was a little intimidating. However, as I grow in grace and understand more of how my personal journey may help others make it through theirs, it has motivated me to step it up. I also realize that I can quote Scripture and make a point but the anointing is in the message that comes from the heart and how God brings me through based on His Word. “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony…” (Rev. 12:11, NKJV)

I look forward to sharing and hope that you will enjoy what you read. See you soon!

Sandra V.

Time for Change

As I write today, and it has been a while since I added a post, I realize that change is imperative.  I look forward to that and yet, have some anxiety.  I am challenged today because for so many years I was trained to maintain the box.  Get myself trained, get a job, keep a job.  However, contrary to the plan to maintain, things don’t always work that way.

At 51, I have arrived at the new age and culture just like everyone else.  Traditional jobs are not traditional anymore.  Creativity is in the forefront and any resemblance of maintaining in this new culture says that you must allow your creativity to flow.  That may be a challenge for some of us old-schoolers.  However, challenges are allowed for our growth, to become all that God intended us to be.  Graphic design and writing are my two fields of choice to express my creativity.  This post is an outlet for that creativity and will be a commitment to express myself on a regular basis.

The job market is a challenge these days.  As a single mom again, I have arrived at a place of understanding the challenges, but more than that realize that I have a creative spirit and I would like that spirit to shine bigger and brighter than ever before.  The longer I live, the less time I have and having arrived at this place in my life, I want to maximize the time that I have.  I thank God I’m still here, challenges and all.  I appreciate the opportunity to allow God to do what He wants to do with me and will allow the creative spirit within me to flow.

Sandra R. Vercellono