Welcome to Positive Life Principles. I’m Karol Ladd, and I want this website to be a source of inspiration and strength to you as you serve and love the people around you. You will find resources to refresh you and help you use your gifts and talents to reach out and touch the lives of others. Sign up for my blog below in order to stay connected and receive an uplifting weekly message from me.
Like it or not, reading can be a positive word in your life. Reading allows us to learn, grow and reflect on great truths, new concepts or simply delightful tales of intrigue. What exercise is to the body, reading is to the mind. Let us be wise in what we choose to read – not all reading elevates the heart and mind. Most important, read God’s living and powerful word, the Bible, everyday. Within its pages you will find hope, strength, encouragement, wisdom and love.
Charlie Tremendous Jones often said, “You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.”
Sometimes I hear people say, “If only I can just survive the holidays…” Well, I suggest we choose a different perspective. Let’s choose to THRIVE during the holidays, rather than simply surviving them. Yes, I know there is added stress during this time of year, but it is up to us to decide to have an attitude of love and strength, rather than defeat. We can ask God each day to direct our steps and give us the strength and wisdom we need to face the challenges of the day. We can also ask Him to love through us in a powerful way to bless others. Thrive in the power of His Spirit.
As the Christmas season moves forward at a rapid pace, let’s be intentional about taking some time of reflection with our family and friends. Reflect on favorite and happy Christmas memories. Reflect of some of the hilarious gifts you have given or received over the years. Reflect on your favorite Christmas movies or recipes. Reflect on God’s blessings from the past year. Reflect on His faithfulness. One thing to stop reflecting on is past hurts and mistakes. Choose to reflect on what is good, and choose to forget the frustrations.
Joyfulness is a deep sense of delight mixed with an unexplainable peace within our hearts. It transcends circumstances and is a fruit of God’s Spirit. The apostle Paul told early believers to “Rejoice in the Lord always.” We may not be able to rejoice in every circumstance, but we can always find joy in God’s goodness and mercy. May the joy of the Lord be your strength this Season, as you rejoice in the celebration of Jesus, Immanuel, God with us.
In grade school, our teachers told us to “Walk, don’t run” when we were in the hallways. As a child, we wanted to run – we wanted to get there fast! In many ways, like a child, we want things to happen fast and on our time table. Walking takes patience, and takes time. As believers in Christ, we never walk alone. God has given us His spirit. There’s nothing more beautiful than walking with God, holding His hand and patiently waiting on His timing.
Psalm 37:23-24 reminds us, “The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will not fall for He holds them by the hand.”