I’M HAVING A BOOK SIGNING EVENT!

Flyer for Gallery Book Signing -  NorfolkSunday, August 16, 2015

2-5 PM

Granby Street Gallery

112 Granby Street, #100, Norfolk, Virginia 23510

Come out and join me, Tracey L. Moore, aka The Purposeful Poet, at a book signing event at the Granby Street Gallery in Norfolk. I would love to meet you! My books, OASIS FOR MY SOUL: Poems and Inspirational Writings for Spiritual and Personal Growth, and THE EXCEPTIONAL MAN: Love Poems and Inspirational Writings Celebrating Godly Men and Great Relationships, will be featured. I will be reading poetry from each of my works. Other authors to be featured that day will be Early Jackson and James Hill. You’re also invited to enjoy the wonderful art displays that the Granby Street Gallery has to offer. I look forward to seeing you there!

KEEP YOUR MIND FOCUSED ON THE POSITIVE

Good vs bad

If we want to experience the joy of the Lord, it’s imperative that we focus on the positive aspects of our lives. God is altogether positive, and His Word is all about positivity. Therefore, if we want to represent God accurately to the world, we, the saints, must strive to be positive people. Here are some ways to stay focused on the positive:

  1. Count your blessings and praise God for them. There will always be something in your life that could depress you if you let it. Satan will see to that. Don’t let the devil get the best of you. Focus on the good things in your life and give gratitude to God for those things (I Thessalonians 5:18).
  2. Focus on the good in yourself and others instead of flaws and weaknesses. Everyone has good and bad points. If we focus on the bad all the time, we will wallow in self-condemnation, and we won’t enjoy the ones we love.  You must deliberately focus on the good (Philippians 4:8). When you do, flaws—yours and theirs— will fade into the background.
  3. Meditate on the promises of God. God’s Word is about His positive outlook which He wants us to adopt. Meditate on His promises in spite of what your circumstances look like. He said in Joshua 1:8, when you do so, you will make your way prosperous and you’ll have good success.
  4. Look for opportunities in the difficult situations you face. God says in Romans 8:28 that all things work together for the good of them that love the Lord and are the called according to His purpose. Therefore, in every difficulty, there is an inherent opportunity.  Whenever you face a difficult situation, look for the way that it can work to your advantage.
  5. Expect good in your life. Even if things have not been so great in the past, don’t let that define your outlook for the future. Expect God to be good to you. 2 Chronicles 6:19 says, “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.” He is looking for an opportunity to show out in the lives of those people who will just believe Him.
  6. Celebrate milestones that occur in your life. Many times, we fail to celebrate our accomplishments. We let them go by unacknowledged.  When you accomplish a goal or reach a milestone, make it an occasion for celebration. It does not have to be elaborate. At least take the time, however, to do something to reward yourself. That is a way to maintain a focus on the positive.

I think God is pleased when we deliberately focus on the positive.  He wants us to be like Him. Let’s make the effort to make our Heavenly Father smile by focusing on the positive things in our lives and giving Him praise and glory for them.

Have you got a praise report? Please share it by leaving a comment below.

I’d love your help spreading the word about my books, Oasis for My Soul: Poems and Inspirational Writings for Spiritual and Personal Growth and The Exceptional Man: Love Poems and Inspirational Writings Celebrating Godly Men and Great RelationshipsClick here to find out ways you can help.

Would you like to receive your FREE e-chapbook entitled, Your Faith Has Made You Whole: Poems and Inspirational Writings for Spiritual Transformation, by Tracey L. Moore? Go to www.traceylmoore.com and subscribe to the email list.

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Take a trip down a spiritually poetic trail, and dare to become your best for Christ.

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GOD WILL PROVIDE THE WAY OF ESCAPE!

Guidance through maze by jscreationzs

Recently, I had an issue with my car. As frustrating as car trouble can be, God seems to always teach me spiritual lessons using situations involving my car!  My car is pretty old, but thank God, I don’t have a car payment, Hallelujah! I will run the wheels off of my car before I buy another one!

God Has Creative Solutions

The window on the passenger side of my ’97 Nissan Sentra went down, but would not come back up. I took it to the shop and they said the regulator unit inside the door was bad. They kept my car for two days before they were able to fix it, and my mom graciously allowed me to borrow her car to get to work. The next day, however, my mom would have to go to the doctor and needed her car. I stressed out thinking about how I was going to get to work and how mom would get to the doctor’s office with my car still in the shop. This was a dilemma. I prayed and asked God to resolve the problem when I truly could not see how it would be resolved. When I got home, I was told by my mom that her friend  had agreed to take her to the doctor’s office. I was dumb founded. That solution never entered my mind! The point is, when we can’t figure out how something will get done, if we ask for God’s help, He will come through for us in a creative way that we never even imagined. According to I Corinthians 10:13, God will always provide a way of escape. That’s why we should stop trying to figure everything out and let God be God.

God Already Has a Plan

The next day I wanted to get my car from the shop, but I had to work, and the shop would close before I could get there. I paid for the work done to my car by credit card via the phone, and the mechanic agreed to leave my car key locked in the car. I could pick my vehicle up at my convenience. I asked my brother to take me to get my car, but he wanted to go really early in the morning. I was afraid he was going to hit a major traffic jam because of the morning rush hour at the local shipyard. I informed him of my concern because I didn’t want to inconvenience him more any than necessary.  So early that morning, he called his son, who worked at the shipyard, and my nephew told him how to take a completely new route that neither of us had thought of. That’s a great illustration of how God operates! How many times have we stressed out about what will happen up ahead, or try to reason how we will overcome the obstacles?  Just like there was a better route that my brother and I were not aware of that would allow him to avoid the traffic, God has already has a plan in place for getting us around any obstacle that Satan may throw in our path.  If we ask Him, He will guide us.

Isn’t it awesome that we can pray and expect our Heavenly Father to kick through with His supernatural power in a mind blowing way? It’s so comforting to know that we have Him to guide us when we encounter difficulties. In Proverbs 3:5, He told us to trust Him, and He promised to guide us. Therefore, the next time you find yourself stressing out over a situation, why not back off and pray? After you pray, expect an answer, for God is indeed faithful.

Have you ever had God work your situation out in a way that you never imagined? How did that impact you? Leave a comment below. 

MOORE MOTIVATION ON MONDAYS IS HERE!
If you need some inspiration and encouragement, sign up for “Moore Motivation on Mondays!” For just $.13 per day, you will receive an automated call from me, The Purposeful Poet, and I’ll be reciting a short inspirational piece of poetry to help get your week started off with your mind focused on God. I’ve gotten good feedback so far, and I’d love to be able to encourage and uplift you on Monday mornings. Click here for more details.

THANKS!
Thanks to all who submitted a review for my books at Amazon.com. For those of you who have read Oasis for My Soul or The Exceptional Man, would you please consider leaving a review at Amazon.com? Click here to leave a review for Oasis for My Soul. Click here to leave a review for The Exceptional Man.

I’d love your help spreading the word about my books, Oasis for My Soul: Poems and Inspirational Writings for Spiritual and Personal Growth and The Exceptional Man: Love Poems and Inspirational Writings Celebrating Godly Men and Great RelationshipsClick here to find out ways you can help.

Would you like to receive your FREE e-chapbook entitled, Your Faith Has Made You Whole: Poems and Inspirational Writings for Spiritual Transformation, by Tracey L. Moore? Go to www.traceylmoore.com and subscribe to the email list.

Find me on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/TraceyLMoore2012

Follow me on Twitter:  @TraceyLMoore1

Take a trip down a spiritually poetic trail, and dare to become your best for Christ.

Photo courtesy of jscreationszs via freedigitalphotos.net.