From Lovebugsworld to Yours……
1 Thessalonians 5:18 in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Peering back at me is a world I’ve never experienced
Fear tries to engulf me, but curiosity settles in
A smile slowly forms as we both take each other in
As though we’ve known each other forever
My heart skips a beat because I now understand exactly what others meant
A feeling like no other
A love that takes over
Elated you choose me
Ecstatic about what our new life will be
Will all be dependent upon you
And I gladly accept the task
Because all my life….
Have been orchestrated
As I have patiently waited for you
What is your Vision for your Life?
I want you to write a list of all the things you want to accomplish.
Start your paper with the following:
With the Grace of God,
My first few examples of what is on my paper is:
With the Grace of God,
~I will put God first.
~I will love myself.
~I will love my family.
~I will keep my finances in order.
~I will keep a saving pattern.
I did this probably about 6 years ago and I just ran across it yesterday. I can check off a lot things on my list because some of the things I have accomplished. I plan to revise my list and continue checking things off. There is nothing that can stop us from getting to where we want to be, but ourselves. God plant dreams and visions in us for a reason and with him we can accomplish so much.
Friday Morning I was listening to Steve Harvey on the radio and he said something that was so true. He said “We are the results of the decisions we make!” Now, isn’t that the truth?
He also said how it is important to create goals and complete them. And do you know the greatest way to do that? Create a things-to-do list. You have to have a plan. “If you fail to plan you plan to fail.” It’s funny because I can honestly raise my hand and say, I am the “things to do list” queen. I can’t even function without a things-to-do list. I am a very visual person so I have to see it and if it is written in my own handwriting, then I can apply it and commit to it much quicker. Crazy, but very truthful. I am so involved with writing lists that before I can begin work at work, I must have a list of things I need to do. See……..
I had a few co workers to actually find it amusing, but that is how serious it is for me. Plus, it holds me accountable and I can never say I forgot if I wrote it down. And here’s a really good one……I can’t even go into the grocery store without a grocery list. Beside the fact that you spend way more if you don’t have a list, it also helps me stay focused and in and out the store instead of lingering from aisle to aisle. Another list I like to create is a list of things I need to do around the house as well as personal things that need to get done. For example, for my around the house list I will literally write down everything that need to be cleaned such as the bathroom or the kitchen, living room, etc. I will even go as far as writing down timeframes. This might seem like a bit much, but for me it works and has been working for years.
Once I have updated my list, I plan to stick it back in my bible. That is my safe keeping. The holding place where I like to stick certain things is Habakkuk 2:2-3.
Lovebugsworld has officially made it 1 year!! Thank you for all the love and support that I’ve received over the past year. It has truly been a journey and I am so excited for the journey to continue. I have met some of the most wonderful, amazing, talented, driven, (the list could go on) people through this blogging process. Who would have known that blogging was a world within itself…..not me. I am still in amazement from all the things I have come across over this year and I must say I have learned a lot. And the one thing that stands out to me is that once you are apart of this world, you have so much love and support from all walks of people. As I have stated so many times before, the direction that I intended for my blog to go in is not where it is. But, that’s okay because my blog literally developed into something beyond my wildest dreams. My goal is always to Bless as many people as I can possibly reach because I am Blessed and if that purpose is fulfilled, then I know I am doing exactly what He placed me here to do!! If you take one thing from me that is to spread all of your awesomeness to as many people as you can possibly reach and exude all the love, passion, creativity, teachings, and all the great gifts that we all uniquely have and share it with the world!
As one of my favorite author’s says in a line from one of my favorite books “Oh, the Places you’ll go”…….
When the world is still and night fall rises
They swarm around looking for a place to rest
A place to dig deep into our souls and minds
Looking for a gateway to cause trouble and pain
Causing mounds of confusion and disorder
So much that it could cause you to go insane
Your path to righteousness easily could become rough, rugged, and uneven
And when the journey is not an easy task
They grow so tall so that you fear them more than ever
They even go as far as speaking and trying to place claim on your life
They take joy in your fear, it allows them to grow
But as quickly as they arrived, they were diminished
Because this time, a sudden wave of peace becomes engulfing
HE stepped right in and said, “I am with you always, don’t be in fear”
And just as quickly as it begin, it all came to an end
Today I awoke with a heavy heart. The night before was filled with loads of tossing and turning. And usually when I go through that the next day is filled with tons of the “I don’t want to be bothered”, a sucky attitude, a little bit of raging, no appetite, and just walking around with a big cloud over my head. But, surprisingly enough today was not that day. On the way to work I talked with a good dear friend who helped me to put some things into perspective. It always amazes me that things you may not notice, an outsider looking in can pick up quickly. Change is always good, but when change affects your personality, your character, and even your mood…..it’s time to take a step back and reevaluate.
So, while working today I decided to start working on this study guide I purchased yesterday called “A Time for Everything” –Discovering the Beautiful Rhythms of Life. It’s a Study Guide series through “Women of Faith”. The study guide is to help you find balance in your life. Immediately after starting it, I felt more at ease about some of the things that were bothering me. And just from completing the first assignment I learned that we have to stop allowing situations that are uncomfortable, inconvenient, and unpleasant to dictate our life. In those times we should be praying even more and praising him.
The scripture that supports this is Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. The lesson as what was my favorite season and why, what season best described my life situation right now, what the times I enjoyed were, and what time I least enjoyed.
My favorite season is fall.
I love the crisp air, I love the color of the leaves from the trees, I immediately think of Thanksgiving. I think of family, apple cider, a warm fireplace. I love that it is not too hot and not too cold. Most of all, I love that you can sport the cute girly jackets and boots. The season that describes my life situation right now is winter. When I think of winter, I think of it being brutally cold, icy, and dark. The times I enjoy most per Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 were, “A time to laugh”, “A time to gain”, “A time to dance”, “A time of Peace”, and “A time to build up”. My times I least enjoy were “A time to weep”, “A time to lose”, “A time to mourn”, “A time to hate”, and “A time to break down”.
The lesson continues with the story of Paul and his traveling companions in Acts 16:16-34. Paul and his traveling companions didn’t complain or abandon the cause, but began to praise God in the middle of the difficult circumstance and in response God did something miraculous. It parallel with what I had been feeling about a particular situation and God was revealing to me that I had to learn to stop reacting to certain situations in the manner that I am reacting to them. When we find ourselves in situations that are uncomfortable, inconvenient, and unpleasant we need to continue praying and to praise God.
So, I today I learned a good lesson and I am looking forward to keeping up with a balanced Life.
Growing up I was blessed to have my maternal grandparents in my life…they raised my siblings and I. So, I have so many fond memories and the joys of living with my grandparents. My grandfather was an awesome man. He showered me and my sister with so much love. He was the perfect example of the type of love you should receive from a man. He was the first man who ever loved me and showed it. There was not a day that he did not tell me that he loved me and that I was beautiful. He promoted love 365 days out of a year, so on Valentine’s Day he went out of his way to shower my sister and I with cards, candy, teddy bears, etc. Do you understand why he felt it was important for him to do this? His whole mantra was for us to understand that love begins at home and to help us develop self-love first. So when we went out into the world we’d appreciate acts of love because we deserved it. And because we love ourselves first, we aren’t disappointed if we don’t receive a Valentine’s gift on Valentine’s Day because our Valentine’s Day is everyday! My grandfather is no longer here physically, but I am often reminded of his love everyday and although I won’t get that extra special love he displayed on Valentine’s Day by him, I still hold dear to the memories I shared with him. Happy Valentine’s Day Granddaddy! May you Rest in Peace!