The Feathered Reminder

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“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” Matthew 6:26

God knows we worry. He thought of us when He created the birds. The birds are our constant reminder that God will take care of us. They sing a song everyday that is a reminder that your Heavenly Father loves you and will provide for your every need.

Next time you get caught in a worry trap, stop and listen. Listen for the birds. If you can’t hear their song you are too busy or too worried. When you do hear one, focus in and let the tune calm your worry. The birds sing the same song each and every day. The words go something like this, “I love you, I love you, I love you, don’t worry, don’t worry, don’t worry”.

He told me to tell you.

Uninterrupted by Dave Scott

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I was out with my wife one evening. Picture the setting of a warmly lit restaurant and the silent chatter of couples connecting over dinner. What happens next is a bit embarrassing. I looked down at my phone in mid conversation, put my hand in the air to call a conversation time-out and responded to a text message. Instant mood killer!

Have you ever been there? Look around next time you are out with your spouse, check to see how often we allow ourselves to be pulled away with text messages or phone distraction. We know this is a mood killer yet we do it anyways!

Here’s my challenge to you and to me:

When you are out with your spouse, make it a policy to put the phone away and listen. That’s it! Guys, I’m calling you out! Ladies, step-up and put the phone away!

Imagine with me, what it might look like to spend an uninterrupted evening with your spouse listening intently to their thoughts, feelings, and emotions. One of the most valuable behaviors today is listening because it is so scarce.

Will you accept the challenge of being a better listener?

Practice:

  1. This evening take your cell phones and turn the ringer off and put them in a basket by the door.
  2. Spend 10 minutes in uninterrupted conversation with your spouse.

Coffee and Kindness – November 2017

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During the month of October, Faithfully Guided, Inc. and Mayor Kent Guinn hosted “Coffee & Kindness” at Symmetry Coffee & Crepes on Wednesday’s from 8:30 – 9:15 a.m. to share and inspire each other during the 30-day Kindness Challenge for the community.  The last Wednesday of the month, we met at City Hall to discuss the momentum we created and desire to continue our efforts.

October is National Bullying Prevention Month and this kindness initiative is in recognition of the 4th Annual “Ocala’s Grow in Kindness Day” which was proclaimed and commemorated by Mayor Kent Guinn in 2014. This community anti-bullying initiative began in 2012 by Faithfully Guided, a 501-3c dedicated to renewing individuals, marriages, and families.

For the first time, this group of community leaders decided to continue kindness initiatives throughout the year instead of focusing efforts only during the month of October.  Mayor Kent Guinn has generously offered to donate $1,000 to begin the fund that Faithfully Guided, Inc., 501-3c, will start in support of this community initiative.  The rest of community is invited to donate so these funds can grow and support kindness initiatives in our community all year long.

As part of the continued efforts, Faithfully Guided, Inc. will write a monthly column in their e-newsletter and set up a Facebook page to share the on-going kindness of this grass roots movement.  We will continue to meet quarterly for “Coffee & Kindness” and discuss how we can support local initiatives and bring more kindness to our community.  Most importantly, the 22nd of every month will become Ocala’s official day to share kindness.  Whether it be helping a neighbor, purchasing coffee for someone, or just giving someone a little extra time to listen, our community will be encouraged to “spread kindness” once a month via #Spreadkindnessocala and through our Facebook page.

Our goal is unite our community by empowering one another to share experiences and together create a cultural change in our beautiful community. Healthy relationships make healthy communities.

For more information contact:

info@faithfullyguided.com
www.faithfullyguided.org
#spreadkindnessocala2017
352-512-0631

by Jamie Schofield