Day 7: 125 Words on Thriving Emotionally


Thriving emotionally is daring to be happy anyway. We all experience good and bad feelings throughout our lives. Our feelings, can be our best friends. Just as having a temperature  lets you know that something is going on in our bodies that needs attention, unhappy feelings point to the fact that something may be wrong in our thinking.

The secret to  emotional health is to choose which thoughts to hold and which ones to simply let pass on through. Recognize them for what they are. . . just thoughts. Decide what you will do with them: hold them or let them pass. That decision determines how you feel and will eventually contribute to your overall emotional health.

Declare: I am thriving emotionally by choosing right thoughts.

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Day 6: 151 Words on Thriving Financially


God wants you to prosper.

How do I know God wants you to prosper?

He loves you.

He’s the biggest giver ever.

He wants you to be like Him.

He trusts you.

He prospered Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph.

Why not you?

Thriving financially comes from having a mindset of prosperity. We always get more of what we focus on. When we firmly accept the truth that God wants us to prosper, we can believe that He will provide the way.

Consider this:

God wants me to prosper.

God can trust me with prosperity.

God will use me to bless others.

God is showing me how to prosper.

God is blessing everything I do.

I always have plenty of money.

God is blessing me with a job (or work) that I love that meets all of my financial needs.

Get comfortable with the idea of prosperity by imagining yourself prospering.

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Day 5: 98 Words on Thriving Physically


Eating right.


Drinking plenty of water.

Laughing much.

Picturing health.

Talking health.

Walking in health.

Praying for others to be healed.

Believing God answers your prayers when you pray for the sick.

Speaking life, health, youthfulness, energy.

God is life!

Life is in the power of the tongue. Proverbs 18:21

Declare this:

  • I am thriving physically today!
  • God is showing me how to improve my health.
  • Jesus paid the price for my healing.
  • Jesus called the twelve together and gave them power and authority to heal sickness. Luke 9:1
  • When I pray for others, they are healed. James 5:15

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Day 4: 140 Words on Thriving Spiritually

thumbnail_100wordsThriving spiritually is not how much we read our Bible, or how much we pray,  or how many good things we do.

It is about knowing God,  loving Him, being His friend. It is about communing with Him, being honest, asking questions, getting answers, being you and knowing He loves you just the way you are. It is  seeing Him gently smile at your mistakes, knowing you are in process, and you are making progress.

You are growing from an acorn to a tree. He bursts with pride at how strong you are becoming. He loves how you are learning to hear His voice. He delights in how quickly you obey, and how tender and compassionate you are becoming.

Thriving spiritually is growing spiritually, acting like Him. . . loving like Him.

You are thriving spiritually by giving Him your attention.

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Day 3: 117 Words on Thriving Mentally



Thriving mentally” means thinking right with little or no effort. . .thinking good, positive, uplifting, God-inspired thoughts because a habit has finally developed from your conscious effort to repeatedly choose those better thoughts.

Be transformed by the renewing of your mind that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:2

My version:

Continue to put new, fresh  life-giving thoughts into your mind to replace old debilitating, wrong thinking, and your life will be changed to match up with God’s very best for you.

I pray that you will have an amazingly happy day as you endeavor with me to think the best of every situation and every person you meet today!

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Day 2: 90 Words on Thriving


For quite somentime, I have prayed this over my family: I pray that each one is thriving mentally, spiritually, physically, financially, and emotionally.

In church, this morning I prayed this over my church. I looked at several individuals . . . some that I didn’t even know. I prayed that they would thrive mentally, spiritually, physically, financially, and emotionally.

As I write this evening, I am praying this prayer for you, dear reader.

You are thriving mentally, spiritually, physically, financially, and emotionally.

What does that look like to you?

Blessings to you!

90 words.


Don’t Judge Them Because. . .

Last night, I was considering entertaining some negative thoughts about someone. I don’t even remember who it was. I’m sure it wasn’t you. Then I heard a small voice in my head or heart saying,  “Don’t judge them.” I don’t know how I dared to ask this question, but I asked “Why not?” Before I had barely breathed the two words, I heard, “Because I love them.”

Don’t judge them because He loves them.

Since I felt I had the Lord’s attention, I began to talk to Him about some other people whose ways I do not approve of, presidential candidates and such. I thought surely He would agree with me about some .of these what I might call “shady characters.” However with each one He said the same thing, “Don’t judge them because I love them.” Food for thought.

Congratulations! Your Dream Came True!

31button8You did it! You followed the steps, didn’t you? You fulfilled your dream! Congratulations! What else do you want to accomplish? You can do it! You know you can! With God’s help, you can do absolutely anything!

You had the dream of writing for 31 days on one topic. You published your 31st post on the last day of October, 2015. Congratulations! You really did it! You defined your dream; you prayed about it. You could imagine how you would feel on this last day, having completed the challenge. You asked the Holy  Spirit for inspiration and guidance along the way. You took your first step when you pressed the first key on the keyboard, and you did this every day until the end! Congratulations again! You did it!

And that was for all of those who did! Others of you are readers, not writers, and you, no doubt, have been inspired by the beautifully written narratives you’ve read this month. Perhaps your life has been changed by something you’ve read. You’ve begun to think about what your dream might be, or you already know what it is, and you have steps to take toward fulfilling it. Which step are you on?

  1. Define your dream.

  2. Pray about it for ten minutes a day and be sure it lines up with God’s will.

  3. Live your dream by picturing the end result.

  4. Ask the Holy Spirit for help and guidance.

  5. Take the first step whatever it might be. Often it is to pray and picture every day until the next step is revealed.

Others of you started the challenge like I did, but somewhere along the way you had to stop, or you chose to stop. Congratulations. You started, then you made the tough decision to stop. You stretched, and you won’t go back to the same place. You’re better for every day that you wrote. You learned something, you helped someone, you inspired someone. The ripple effect will not be known to you for a very long time, if ever.

Now is your time to reevaluate. Will you choose a new dream? Will you reframe the time expectation on the same dream? What do you want to accomplish? You are at step one: Define or redefine your dream. What an exciting time! A new day. A new dream. A new beginning! You can do it!

All of us are in one of these three groups:

  • Those who wrote all 31 posts, fulfilling the dream they had. I hope you will define your next dream.
  • Those whose dream was either undefined or was something other than writing for 31 days. You are our readers, and we are grateful, but you have a dream of your own. I hope you will define it.
  • Those who started the Challenge and then stopped. You have a dream. I hope you will define or redefine it.

It has been an awesome Challenge. I started out expecting to end up with a list of practical steps to take to publish a book. I had expected to be able to offer a copy of the ebook to all of my readers. That is for another time, but it will happen. As the first few posts unfolded, I felt that I was learning God’s thoughts on fulfilling any dream. I spent prayer time praying for the dreams of others and this time has been a treasure to me. I’m not stopping. I am still praying for you and for your dreams to be fulfilled because I know that many of your dreams are God’s dreams. I want to be a part of encouraging you to fulfill His dreams!

For me personally I have reevaluated. I am reframing my time expectations and moving forward to complete publication of my book Dare to Be Happy! Stay with me! You’ve become my friends!

Dare to Dream with me!



Day 6: Help for Your Dream


“You weren’t planning on doing this without Him, were you?”

This morning I read from Jesus Calling by Sara Young. Today’s entry included these words:

“Though the Holy Spirit is infinite, He deigns to be your Helper. He is always ready to offer assistance; all you need to do is ask. When the path before you looks easy and straight forward, you may be tempted to go it alone instead of relying on Me. This is when you are in the greatest danger of stumbling. Ask My Spirit to help you as you go each step of the way. Never neglect this glorious Source of strength within you.”

When I asked in prayer if I should include a step on asking the Holy Spirit for help, I felt that I heard the answer,

“You weren’t planning on doing this without Him were you?”

Well, no. I just hadn’t really thought about it. I thought that praying sort of covered it whether I mentioned the Holy Spirit specifically or not. As I meditated on this a bit further and actually asked the Holy Spirit for help as Sara suggested, I realized that it was vitally important that the Holy Spirit be involved in every step of fulfilling my dream. He is our helper.

Earlier in the day, I had made a mental note to add an item to my Practical Steps. Grammarly is a proofreading tool designed to facilitate compliance with over 250 grammar rules. I know it will save me a great deal of time and it will make my message much clearer. When I apply Grammarly to my manuscript, it will identify every missing comma, every dangling participle, every misspelled word, and even random thoughts that do not make sense. Grammarly will help me perfect my manuscript so that it communicates my message in a manner that is easily understood by others. Ingeniously, the Holy Spirit will work in our lives in much the same way

By asking the Holy Spirit for help, you are running yourself through the “spell-checker, the rule breaker.” He will offer suggestions for corrections in your attitudes, motives, and actions. Just like in Grammarly, you are given the choice to “change” or to “ignore.” By accepting the changes offered, you are yielding to the Holy Spirit’s guidance in your life. Eventually, He will  bring you to the point where you can respond to His voice as easily as a touch of a keyboard. All of your thoughts, words, and actions will line up with His vision of you. You are going to be His perfect manuscript as you yield your dream to His corrections.

Practical Steps:

1. Write your book.

2. Prepare your content.

3. Begin revisions.

4. Ask questions.

  • What is CreateSpace, and should I use it?
  • How much money does it cost to self-publish?
  • What is the best font to use for publication?

5. Get a CreateSpace account.

6. Order and read eBooks.

7. Download Grammarly and use it to correct your manuscript.

Vital Steps.

1. Define your dream.

2. Pray over your dream.

3. Live the dream through picturing the end result.

4. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you.

I hope you are enjoying seeing the lists grow. If you have any suggestions for the lists, feel free to share. If you’d like specific prayer for your dream, feel free to share that as well. In the meantime, here is my prayer for you:

Lord, please bless each one who is reading this. Please awaken the dream that you have placed in their heart. It might be a dream for this week or for a lifetime, but help them to see it as a seed that you want to water and nurture. You, Holy Spirit will guide them every step of the way and will cause their dream to produce fruit for Your kingdom.  Thank you so much for loving each one as your unique creation and help us to realize who we are in You. In Jesus name, Amen.

To the right of this post, you can click on any of the articles for my series, Publish My Book in 31 Days. The first one gives an introduction to the series. You can also find out what 31 Days to Write is all about by clicking here. You will find a list of over 2000 writers, all pouring their heart into the topic they have chosen to write about every day in October. Here’s my favorite today:

God is in the Dumpster by Natalie 


31 Days to Publish My Book

31smallWhat is 31 Days to Write? “31 Days is an online writing challenge started by home blogger, Myquillyn Smith (The Nester), and now hosted by Crystal Stine, where bloggers pick one topic and write a post on that topic every day in October.”

I had made a decision to spend the month reading everyone else’s posts for 31 days in October, but I do love a Challenge. I can’t recall what came over me to get me to jump into this year’s challenge. Looking back now, I think it wasn’t a jump, it was simply a step out of the boat of having and holding on to a dream, the dream of publishing a book. I stepped out and said, “I am going to publish my book!” What you will read here is my journey of stepping out of the boat and walking on water. It is something I can only do if I keep my eyes on Jesus and take a step each day. I hope you’ll join me on the journey, and take something from my experience for yourself! Don’t bring a towel, we won’t be needing it!

Scroll down for my Day 1 post. Or you can browse the other posts in my series as they appear below each new day in October.




Day 1: The Ultimatum

Day 2: Gratefulness

Day 3: Create Space

Day 4: Wake Up, Dream

Day 5: Live Your Dream

Day 6: Help for Your Dream

Day 7: Time to Rest

Day 8: Say “Yes” to Your Dream

Day 9: 10 Minutes for Your Dream

Day 10: Dream, Sweet, Dream

Day 11: What to Do When Your Dream Is Attacked

Day 12: My Dream

Day 13: The Fifth Vital Step

Day 14: It Looks Like a Book!

The Ultimatum

31 Days to Publish a Book? Did you miss the question mark at the end of the title of this series? Oh, yeah, I deleted it, but it is still clearly there in the recesses of my mind. I have no idea if it is possible to publish a book in 31 days. Let me rephrase that. I have no idea if it is possible for me to publish a book in 31 days. I’m sure it has been done before although I can’t say that I know the name of anyone who has.

When you visit me each day, you will find the progress I make each day in my journey of faith toward publishing my book, Dare to Be Happy. You will find lots of lists including my to do lists, my not to do lists, and a myriad of others lists, because I do love lists. Most of all you will find inspiration and encouragement to move you toward the fulfillment of your dream whatever that might be.

I don’t know for sure that I can do this, but I do know a verse that tells me, “All things are possible with God!” and “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!” That is why I deleted the question mark. I am taking this title as an ultimatum.” 31 Days to Publish a Book, Or Else!” I am going to do it! With God’s help, I am finally going to make this happen!

What is your part in this? You are the cheerleaders and the prayers and the believers! And what do you get out of it? You will find out that if I can do this, absolutely anyone can do this, and not only this, but you can do whatever your heart desires! I know how I got to this point, and I am ecstatic to share this with you. I’m nervously excited about stepping out on the water toward publication, and I hope you will follow me and accomplish whatever you want to accomplish in life.

This is my mantra:




On Day 2, you’ll get a little background on how I got to this point, and you’ll get a glimpse of my To Do List for the first few days toward publication. We can do this!