Twenty Seconds of Courage!

Today I was reading about courageous people in the Bible, Joshua is the main one that was part of my study this morning. It is such an amazing word, & when we act with it~ then the world can be at your finger tips!

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Have a beautiful day!

Suzan

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*Expect The Best:

“The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude.”http://www.suzanbafford.com

 

William James was an original thinker in and between the disciplines of physiology, psychology and philosophy. His twelve-hundred page masterwork, The Principles of Psychology(1890), is a rich blend of physiology, psychology, philosophy, and personal reflection that has given us such ideas as “the stream of thought” and the baby’s impression of the world “as one great blooming, buzzing confusion” (PP 462). It contains seeds of pragmatism and phenomenology, and influenced generations of thinkers in Europe and America, including Edmund Husserl, Bertrand Russell, John Dewey, and Ludwig Wittgenstein. James studied at Harvard’s Lawrence Scientific School and the School of Medicine, but his writings were from the outset as much philosophical as scientific. “Some Remarks on Spencer’s Notion of Mind as Correspondence” (1878) and “The Sentiment of Rationality” (1879, 1882) presage his future pragmatism and pluralism, and contain the first statements of his view that philosophical theories are reflections of a philosopher’s temperament.

William James

 

What are you expecting today? Set your mind to expect the best! You command the tone for your day, your year, and your life. Do not wait for events to unfold. Make the decision in advance to expect the best.

Make the commitment to pull every ounce of positivity out of the day before it ever begins. Declare what your day will have in store. It is not the circumstances that arise that matter, it is how you choose to interpret them and respond to them that will dictate the direction of your day and your life.

Are you expecting to struggle or to soar? Are you expecting trouble or triumph? Ask yourself, “What is the best that can happen today?”

Expect good breaks. Expect to make a great business connection. Expect to have something positive happen unexpectedly. Expect to finish your project on time. Expect to close the deal. Expect that your proposal will be welcomed. Expect to have more energy and to feel better. Expect to enjoy the visit with your in-laws. Expect your children to do well in school, and to listen to your counsel. Expect creative ideas to flow into your mind. Expect to find the answer to a difficult problem.

Do you have an attitude of expectancy? Wake up each day ready to win. Command the day to line up with your expectations. Command your mind to find the good in every situation. Take control of your thoughts
throughout the day, and make them align with your expectations.

You can change your life by changing your attitude. Expect the best!

Be a Blessing,

Suzan

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God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.

Ephesians 3:20 (The Message)

Do You See What I See?

As I was reading my daily morning activity to get me thinking correctly, I had a huge revolution! As our world is in such turmoil and confusion, people have lost hope in the way of life as I have known it. It came to me that Love & Joy it what matters to all of us most. Of course we need to make a living, have a home and add to our community. What is so exciting for today & everyday  who we become on this journey of life.

“I only wish you could see what I see when I look at you.” -Kobi Yamada

I Believe!

The start to a better world, or a better job, or a better relationship, or a better future is our belief that it is possible. The quotations in the Believe gift book are so inspiring and affirming, especially in these difficult times. They remind us that the future really does belong to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. Give the Believe book with confidence for almost any occasion. Remind your friends, family or loved ones to believe in their dreams to believe that the best is yet to be to believe there’s light at the end of the tunnel to believe that they might be that light for someone else.

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When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Do you see the common, the ordinary, or the extraordinary? Do you see your past or your potential? Do you see failure for the fantastic finish designed in your future? Do you see the trials or the triumph? do you see mediocrity or magnificence? It is time for you to see yourself as the unique and truly amazing person that your are. It is time to redefine your self-perception to accurately reflect the perspective of your Creator, who made you in the image of greatness. It is time to shed your self-criticism, and hyper-focus on past mistakes and failures. Are you beating your self up, or building yourself up? Now is the time to celebrate the extraordinary in you. I see you through the eyes of the One that made you for this time and for a purpose. I see power, strength, and beauty. I see integrity, honesty and loyalty. I see endurance tenacity and perseverance . I see a creative genius. I see a leader. I see a brilliant business owner; and extraordinary entrepreneur. I see a loving, nurturing mother, and a committed, compassionate father. I see kindness, generosity, and compassion. I see determination, diligence, and destiny. I see a conqueror, and over-comer, and world changer. Do you see what I see?

 

Have a beautiful day ♥

Suzan
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Have been an entrepreneur all my life, grew up with my family of business owners. Knowing when I grew up I would own my own business as well. One thing that is really important to me is grooming our children for success, what kids learn at home is what they always turn back to when they grow up… A Native of Arizona, born and raised in Flagstaff~~ we are 3 rd generation of the town. Have lived all over the western states and love all of them. My favorite is Seattle, I would love to spend more time in the mountains. The desert is very beautiful, but the hot gets old very quickly… 3 beautiful daughters, 5 grand-babies. My husband is a fire fighter and the most loving, caring man I ever meet in my entire life. He is my dream come true, even after 21 years of marriage. Life is grand and I am super grateful all the Blessings & favor that I believe God has poured upon me & my family. I love becoming better everyday, in by making sure Jesus is in all that I do, say and think♥

Enjoying Life in Marriage ♥

Tonight my amazing husband and I attend a marriage conference at our Church “Missions 68”, it has got to be the most fabulous place to truly learn about the Bible. If you are reading this and don’t like church, check out the video’s on the website: www.mission68.org. You will be blessed by hearing Pastor Mark Connely. 

I really want to share this great experience we had at Pastor Ted Cunningham, from Branson Mo. He and his wife Amy are Marriage enriching speakers, enjoy my notes and grab your sweetie… Its time to make your marriage the best it has ever been…

Ted’s Bio:

Ted Cunningham is the founding pastor of Woodland Hills Family Church in Branson, MO. He is the author of Trophy Child and Young
and In Love 
and coauthor of four books with Dr. Gary Smalley: The Language of Sex; From Anger to Intimacy; Great Parents, Lousy Lovers and As Long as We Both Shall Live. He is a graduate of Liberty University and Dallas Theological Seminary.

Ted and his wife, Amy, have been married for 15 years and live in Branson, MO with their two children, Corynn and Carson.

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

 

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A Word from Dr. Gary Smalley

Ted Cunningham is my friend, pastor, and trusted colleague. He is passionate, gifted and a quite humorous communicator. I have asked him to join me at my conferences as we encourage couples together. I believe that Ted is going to be a leader and much needed voice for healthy marriages in the next generation.

SPEAKING TOPICS

1 – Enjoying Life and Marriage

Guess what? You don’t have to choose between life and a spouse. You can enjoy both, and at the same time. Enjoying life, marriage and your spouse is possible when you prioritize the relationships in your home. This topic includes honoring marriage (Hebrews 13:4), enjoying marriage (Ecclesiastes 9:7-9), and prioritizing marriage (Genesis 2:24). This topic can be covered in one 35-60 minute session or expanded to 3 sessions. This is the most requested session filled with nonstop laughter. If you only need one session for couples, this is it!

2 – The Four Spiritual Journeys of the Home

Eradicating the kid-centered home begins by prioritizing marriage in the home (Genesis 2:24). The greatest gift parents give their children is a mother and father who love each other deeply, because a great marriage is the single most important parenting tool. To prioritize the spiritual journeys in the home take personal responsibility for your journey, serve your spouse’s journey, model Jesus in your marriage journey for the sake your child’s journey. This topic does not alienate single parents or blended families, but equips them to discover balance in the home and prepare their children for future relational success. 

 

3 – Marriage: Misery or Mystery?

Most couples make three observations shortly after marriage. One, you discover your spouse is selfish and weird. Two, your spouse tells you that you are selfish and weird. Three, you justify the situation with, “Well, at least I am not as selfish and weird as my spouse!” Marriages are called to model the gospel of Jesus. He is the profound mystery and secret to marital success and happiness. “A consumer relationship lasts only as long as the vendor meets your needs at a cost acceptable to you. A covenant relationship is binding and the good of the relationship takes precedence over the immediate needs of the individual” (TKeller). In a covenant relationship you submit to one another out of reverence for Christ (Ephesians 5:21). That is the profound mystery. This session addresses the selfishness and woundedness that prevents us from living out the gospel in our marriage.

– The 6 Levels of Communication

What if your goal was to help your spouse win every argument? What would happen if you made it your priority to understand, instead of being understood? What if your marriage was marked by genuine listening, understanding and validating? This session walks each spouse through the six levels of communication (Small Talk, Facts, Opinions, Feelings, Desires/Needs, and Beliefs) and gets beneath the surface of issues and into the heart (Proverbs 4:23). This session receives the most “I wish we would have heard this years ago” comments from spouses and couples. 

 

5 – From Anger to Intimacy

Unresolved anger is like drinking poison expecting the other person to get sick. Some drink it in sips over time. Others gulp it daily by the gallons. In this session, couples will learn the skills to resolve conflict, hurt and pain. As spouses discover their “hot buttons,” they will learn tactics to deal with feelings of anger, frustration and rage. This session also covers the essentials of forgiveness, keys to nurturing a forgiving spirit, how to craft the perfect apology, and ways to remove the roadblocks to forgiveness. 

6 – The Language of Sex

How often should an evangelical couple have sex? (That is an actual question that was asked on our website.) How creative can we get? Who sets the boundaries in the bedroom? The Church has largely gone silent on the issue. Sex is sacred, yet it must be discussed if it’s going to truly be honored and protected (Hebrews 13:4). God has given us sex as a gift and it’s one to be thoroughly treasured, celebrated and enjoyed. In this fun, practical session, we will answer the question “How can I have the best sex of my life?” We take an honest look at the differences between men and women and find ways to bridge the gap that we can create the security and intimacy that great sex needs to flourish. 

7 – Face to Face(book):
The Effects of Social Media on Emotional, Relational and Spiritual Health

With it’s over 750 million active monthly users, Facebook (along with Twitter) has changed the landscape of human relationships. This one session helps parents, teens, teachers, pastors and mental health professionals examine both the positive and negative impact of social media on our families, jobs and church. 

8 – Trophy Child: Preparing Children For Something Greater than Themselves

I am guilty of showering my children with excessive praise, endless organized activities, too much privilege and not enough responsibility. I am part of a new generation of parents raising trophy children. Vanity parenting exists when parents use the attributes and accomplishments of their children to impress others. Spend a few minutes on Facebook and you will find plenty of examples of this modern parenting trend. This sessions covers parenting motives and the necessary strategies for raising children who love Jesus and others, not just themselves. 

9 – The Lighter Side of Parenting: Creating a Close-Knit Family

Years ago, my mentor, Dr. Gary Smalley, took notice of families that displayed unusually happy interaction among themselves. He intrigue led him to launch a study. The Smalley Relationship Center individually interviewed thousands of wives, husbands, and children separately. Each person was asked the same question: What do you believe is the main reason you are all so close and happy as a family? Each family member gave some form of this answer: “We do a lot of things together.” Close-knit families maximize togetherness and minimize times apart. Families that laugh and play together develop a bond that makes for more success in discipline strategies. 

10 – The Sex Talk: Teaching Your Children about Sex and Sexuality

Who taught you about sex? Perhaps it was your parents for a sit down, one-time “Talk” with minimal details. Was it friends or teachers at school? Maybe you picked up bits and pieces from television sitcoms of the 80’s. Unfortunately, the “Talk” doesn’t work anymore. Advances in technology, accessibility of pornography, and explicit content and innuendo in music, movies and television have exposed our children to sex like no generation prior. 

This Ten great topic have the ability to give you the gift of a greatest marriage you could of every imagined…

I can’t wait to read these books, with my sweet hubby Curt…

Be Blessed & remember to be a blessing,

Suzan

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This Is IT!!!

I have been so inspired by Mr. Peck quotes over the last few years. Seems like I read the specific one on the day I really need to understand and absorb the thought or action that is laid out before me!

The first book he published was in 1978 called “The Road Less Traveled”. I haven’t had a chance to read all 14 of his books, as they have such and amazing balance of God with in their entirety. Great man of God to research and soak in a bit of his wisdom & knowledge

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“The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.”

~ M. Scott Peck

My overview of (A Road Less Traveled)!!!
There is a day that will come when you will decide enough is enough. In your hour of anguish and frustration, you will make a decision that you deserve better. There is a moment that will speak to you louder than any other moment of your life. “This is not acceptable.” In that moment you will declare, “This is it. I have had enough. I can do more than this. I deserve better than this. I can rise higher than where I am now.” In this moment you will stop coping. In this moment, you will stop minimizing. “It’s not so bad.” In this moment you will see it for what it really is, and you will be ready to take a stand. This is the precise moment that everything will change for you. This is the moment when you prepare for battle. You will look up and finally see your future. You will see your summit. You will dig deep and summon your courage and confidence. You will call upon your drive and determination. You will ignite your passion. You will fuel your will to fight. You will take a stand. You will step out. You will search for the solution. You will make a bold move. You will
conquer your fears. You will break off your bonds, and shatter your shackles. Welcome to your liberation. You are now free. This is it!

This scripture goes great with “This is it”

Just then a woman who had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding came up behind him. She touched the fringe of his robe, for she thought, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.” Jesus turned around, and when he saw her he said, “Daughter, be encouraged! Your faith has made you well.” And the woman was healed at that moment.

Matthew 9:20-22 (NLT)

BE A BLESSING TO SOMEONE TODAY!!

Warmly Suzan

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