Posted in Encouragement

5 Rules You Should Never Break

There are some rules you should make for yourself. Not goals, not bucket lists and certainly not promises. Rules. Goals are to be reached, bucket lists get checked off and promises – whether we want them to or not – do get broken.

But rules…they’re different.

There are rules for just about everything. You have rules in school, rules in the workplace and rules in many of the places you frequent such as doctors offices and grocery stores. They may not be outlined by a sign on the wall, but when you go to the doctor, you know you need to sign in and wait your turn. At the grocery, you shop for your items, find a lane, check out and pay.

Rules are well known and usually respected. Merriarm-Webster defines “rule” like so: a prescribed guide for conduct or action or an accepted procedure, custom, or habit. Words like “guide” and “habit” tell us it’s something that, once designed and laid out, it isn’t usually deviated from.

So what are these rules? I have a few that everyone should adhere to, and if we did, what a world we would live in!

  1. Always be respectful. As my Mother always told me, it doesn’t cost a dime and it pays you back in the long run. You never know another person’s story anyway…they might be going through something you know nothing about, so be nice. It’s not nearly as hard to put into practice as it is to ponder.
  2. Take insults with a grain of salt. They usually aren’t true, and in such case, they have no hold over you. People will stoop to insults for many reasons including jealousy, anger and a general feeling of worthlessness, and you might not know the reasons for any of them. Do not give them the satisfaction of seeing you brought to the low level they are at. It’s just not worth it.
  3. Give, whenever you are able. I know that we live in a world where scams and liars flourish, but there are those who genuinely have needs that we can meet, and if we’re able, we certainly should. What about that neighbor that has been laid off and might not be able to afford to buy this week’s groceries? Or maybe they could use some help with the rent? Every little bit helps and if you aren’t comfortable giving money, then go and buy the food yourself and drop it off. Remember that 2 Corinthians 9:7 says, Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. 
  4. Don’t be afraid to cry. I spent a good many years of my life not allowing myself to cry, for any reason, and I’m pretty sure it did more harm than good. It can make you dry, bitter and cause you to seal off your emotions to the point that you just don’t care about anything, or anyone, including yourself. And that is certainly no way to be! And don’t be tricked into thinking it’s a sign of weakness…quite the contrary. It shows you’re strong enough to allow yourself to really feel. And that’s hard to do sometimes. But we have to remember, that sorrow doesn’t last forever. Jeremiah 31:13 reminds us: Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men and old together: for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow.
  5. Always stand up for what is right. Edmund Burke is quoted as saying “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” That is still true today. However, I’m not saying to attack people where they are, especially if they are lost. There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death, says Proverbs 14:12. It is the very heart and flesh of the human to mess things up, and there are some things that simply cannot be condoned, but prayerfully consider any kind of open attack against another for what you consider right.

I’m sure there are probably many more rules that could go on this list, this just happens to be a few of the ones on my mind most recently. Feel free to copy if you wish.

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A Mama With a Nice Face – Eternally Minded Mamas

I just wanted to share this post that I found today, especially for all those Mom’s who have so very much on their plate. It sure spoke to my heart ❤

My heart broke a bit on Sunday morning. The Lord used this sweet girl to do it. It broke in the best way. In a sanctifying way. In a humble way. In a “I don’t want to forget this”…

Source: A Mama With a Nice Face – Eternally Minded Mamas


I have known since starting a WordPress blog that there would be ads here, since I’m not yet a paid member. But up until today, I was unaware what types of ads that they placed.

So let me just say this: I DO NOT ENDORSE ANY POLITICAL CANDIDATE. Furthermore, I cannot say that I can, do or would endorse ANY AD you may see on this site. I do not put ads on here myself, it is at the sole discretion of WordPress, as I am not yet a paying member.

Hopefully after the first of 2017, I will be making some major changes to my blog here and I won’t have to worry about that. When that happens, I will send out a notice at that time. So until then, if you see an ad on my blog, All Out War, please do not consider it an endorsement of any kind from me.

Thanks for reading and have a blessed day!

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“Soul Wound Healing”

A dear friend sent me this article and I think it’s an excellent read and a great follow up to the last couple of posts I’ve made. Let me know what you think.

And thank you, Renae, for sending it to me!!

God wants to mend these deep hurts within you, but it takes effort on your part, too.

Source: Open the Door to Immediate Soul Wound Healing With This Strategy — Charisma News

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It’s Never Too Late…


May I just say, it’s never too late?  Speaking from experience, it’s never too late.  There are lots and lots of things in life that can smack you right in the face, and some of them may even make you think there’ll be nothing afterwards, so why go on?  There have been times my heart has hurt so badly in my chest that I was sure I would simply die.  There truly IS such a thing as “heartache” and when your heart aches, my how it can twist your thoughts.  It can make you believe there’s nothing left to live for.  If there’s more pain like this ahead of me, you might think to yourself, what on earth would I want to continue going through it?  Why, why, WHY would I want to go on?

Why?  Because it’s never to late.

You may be a prisoner in a loveless marriage, or you might be a prisoner to drugs or alcohol, or something else that has you in a complete stupor.  I know what that’s like too.  It can make you do things and say things and be a kind of person you only thought you’d only ever hear about, but never be.  It can make you doubt your sanity, and make you doubt there could ever be any good left in you.  And it can make you think they’d be better off without you.  But you can’t give up!

Why?  Because it’s never too late.


You may have lost the one person in your life that meant more to you than any other person or anything else.  You may have watched a loved one breathe their last breath, and at the same time, taking a piece of your heart as they passed on into eternity.  I know that feeling too, I do.  You may have no one else, no friend or family member to turn to, but still, you can’t give up.

Why? Because it’s NEVER TOO LATE!


I know, because I’ve been there.  I’m not going to delve into all of it at this time, because it doesn’t feel like the right time.  But maybe it is THE time, that you need to hear, friend IT’S NEVER TOO LATE!

Listen to this… it’s a song that has gotten me through some pretty rough times.  After all…

And let me say before I go… if you are in a place where you just don’t think you can take another step or another breath, and you don’t feel like you have any tears left to cry, PLEASE, talk to someone.  People care, they really do, and I pray right now, that if you’re reading this and you’re in that place, that God will cause someone to cross your path to be just that person.  You don’t have to tell them your life’s history, but sometimes just bouncing thoughts off someone else helps to clear your mind, helps give you a place to send those thoughts that are battering away at you day and night.  It helps.  And don’t forget…

It’s never too late…