Wednesday, March 22, 2017
If you're an adult, it's pretty safe to say that you have had your fair share of relationships over the course of your life. Some may have gotten the best of you and drained you emotionally, while others may have been easy for you to be in, but the timing was not right. Usually when we are in relationships - personal or professional, we know after some time who we are dealing with. Actions speak, therefore when we become aware of who we are in a relationship with and more importantly, who we have become as a result of the relationship, we have a choice to either stay or leave. For those who choose to stay, they run the risk of becoming stuck in a relationship that no longer supports their higher good and as a result become toxic with what that relationship is full of, which is usually some form of dysfunction.
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Did you know that when we pray we are sowing a seed - a seed that takes time to germinate and manifest into what was planted (prayed for)? But the only way our seeds of prayer will manifest is if we water that seed with faith and cultivate patience within ourselves. As it says in Luke 18:15 (ESV), "As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience."
We cannot plant prayers and expect God to answer if we have not given it the faith and the patience that it needs to grow. Just like the beautiful flowers and plants that we are starting to see bloom in and around our homes, it is birthed from a seed and in order for that plant to grow beautifully, what do we have to do? Water it about every two to three weeks. If we don't what happens? It becomes weak, turns brown, and dies. The same is true for our prayers. We sow them by praying and we keep them nurtured with our faith, standing in great expectation of God's will to be done. Now here is the kicker: Don't be surprised if the prayer you planted manifests as something else. "In the morning sow your seed, and at evening withhold not your hand, for you do not know which will prosper, this or that, or whether both alike will be good (Ecclesiastes 11:6 - ESV)."
If you have not read my previous post, Uncovering Your Happy, I suggest you take a few minutes to read it before proceeding. I ask this of you simply because if you are unhappy with your life for any reason, you need to first and foremost understand how to get your happy back and keep it. Otherwise, this blog post will be hard for you to grasp, especially if you are single.
So, who is the happily unmarried wife and why is she so happy?
A happily unmarried wife is a woman who knows her worth is not weighed by her marital status. She is well aware of who she is and whose she is. She does not spend her days and nights wondering if God will bless her with her desire of marriage. Instead, she funnels that energy into evolving into more of who God created her to be, serving others, and using her gifts to live a life full of purpose as she works to make her dreams come true. In other words, she is so focused on her life, her goals, and her relationship with God that she understands she is not lacking anything because she is not married. She has all that she needs. The addition of a spouse would only be the cherry on top and not seen as the entire carton of ice cream.
Let's face it, the inevitable is we will experience some form of loss. The loss of a loved one, the loss of a job, or the end of a relationship that you thought would last forever are a few things that can throw us off course and leave us feeling like we've hit rock bottom. But what will determine how fast you bounce back after a loss is your perception, your level of faith, and your commitment to rising above the ashes. No matter how hard of a hit you may take, as long as there is life still in you, you can recover and come back stronger and better than ever. Keep in mind, the only way your rock bottom prevails is if you give up.
Starting over after a loss can be scary, unpredictable, and leave you feeling a little anxious about rebuilding your life and it's okay to have and experience these emotions because after all you are human. The worse thing you can do is fight what you are feeling because when you fight your emotions, you are denying them and as a result, you are not allowing the truth of what you are feeling to run its course. Our emotions are a lot like the common cold or the flu - we have to let it do what it does and work its way through before we are healed from it. The same is true for the emotions that we experience.
We all have goals that are birthed from our desire to have and do more. We make a plan, listing action steps that will ultimately paint the bigger picture of where we hope they will lead us. But there is one thing that is required of us if we plan to get what's ours by divine right and that's called being dedicated.
Sounds easy enough, right? But being dedicated is not as easy as it sounds because if you took a few moments to think about goals that you have set for yourself within the last five years. How many of them can you be honest in saying you accomplished them all? We have all put goals off to the side for one reason or another, but the main reason why so many goals fall by the wayside is because of the amount of work it takes and the dedication required to do it.
So how can we dedicate ourselves to our goals to get what's ours by divine right? Following are three easy steps that can help you overcome a lack of dedication and see your goals manifest before your very eyes.
We all are exposed to daily distractions that can suck valuable time away from what we need to focus on. I’m sure many of you have laid out your goals this year and may have even thought of how you are going to make the most of your time so that you cannot only be productive, but successful.
Following, I have provided a few tips on how to handle what distracts us the most and how you can make the most of your day.
Since its inception, social media has grown to provide us with information on everything and everyone under the sun. While social media provides the ability to stay connected to family, friends, and the world, it can be a huge distraction if we are not mindful of how we use it and for how long. You can have intentions of spending just a few minutes checking your social media accounts and before you know it, two hours have passed, leaving you questioning where did the time go and nothing on your to do list completed.
Fear is the one thing that can stop us from having everything that we desire. It can keep us paralyzed from taking the necessary steps to live a life without limits. As a result of fear, many of our dreams end up dying in a land of the unknown.
It is important for us to understand that fear is not “God created” but rather, it is “ego created.” Fear is the ego's way of protecting us from pain, rejection, and anything that may appear to be harmful. However, fear only has as much power as we believe it does. If we believe our fears, we will allow ourselves to become placed in a stronghold – keeping ourselves stuck and inevitably complacent with the way things are if they are not favorable.
Author Susan Jeffers says that we should "feel the fear and do it anyway." Her advice can show us that it is okay for us to feel the emotion of fear but we should not let it control our lives. We can conquer fear once we understand that winning that battle first starts within our minds. In other words, what we perceive to be fearful is not always the truth.
So how can you conquer your fears? The following are a few tips that I think can help in claiming your victory over your fears.