Sometimes in Life you have to just step out on Faith. Just as Martin Luther King stated, “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
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.
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.
I haven’t always been at a place where I didn’t stress or worry. I have had it so bad that I have literally made myself sick in the past from being such a worry wart. But, I can gleefully report that 3 years ago, I decided that stressing and worrying will not occupy my thoughts, feelings, body, or my life anymore! For the first time I literally felt free! I literally “Let Go and Let God!” I had made up my mind that if I took it to God, then I would leave it at the altar. There would be no more praying about things and then trying to handle things alone. As a result, I now live a worry free life. And it feels GREAT! And when I tell you once the Blessings start to pour….it flows! So, when God is in the Blessing business…..He provides for you above and beyond and abundantly!
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“Birds flying high
You know how I feel
Sun in the sky
You know how I feel
Breeze drifting on by
You know how I feel
It’s a New day
And I’m feeling good!”
~Jennifer Hudson’s “Feeling Good”~
What a great start to the beginning of an eventful New Year. A New Year and another chance to begin again. The slate has been wiped clean, so let’s begin!
First off…..did you check out lovebugsworld new theme!!! I am so excited because usually my theme involves the inner creativity in me and this new theme is not short of my artistic nature, but it also has meaning. For weeks I have been dreaming here and there of released balloons and today I decided to do some research on the meaning. Here’s what I found…..
~People release balloons at Weddings, Funerals, or for personal meaning. We can view them as a release of grief, a celebration of life, filled with messages, notes of remembrance, poems, etc. They can also be filled with flower seeds or even bird seeds.
What I also found is that releasing balloons can be harmful. To our animals and of course when they do come down, it’s littering. So instead of releasing an actual balloon, let’s release it in spirit. Let’s vow to let go of anything that will keep us from moving forward into the divined walk that God has placed us here for.
As for why I have been dreaming about Balloons….the only thing I can come up with is because I am embarking on new things in my life. Transitioning into the next stage of my life. And I welcome it with open arms!! I also embrace Change because it is only to make me better!
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Eight balloons no one was buyin’
All broke loose one afternoon.
Eight balloons with strings a-flyin’,
Free to do what they wanted to.
One flew up to touch the sun – POP!
One thought highways might be fun – POP!
One took a nap in a cactus pile – POP!
One stayed to play with a careless child – POP!
One tried to taste some bacon fryin’ – POP!
One fell in love with a porcupine – POP!
One looked close in a crocodile’s mouth – POP!
One sat around ’til his air ran out – WHOOSH!
Eight balloons no one was buyin’ -
They broke loose and away they flew,
Free to float and free to fly
And free to pop where they wanted to.
My challenge for you for 2013 is to do exactly what it is that elevates you to the next level. Mentally, Physically, Financially, even Emotionally, and most definitely Spiritually.
Even though it is almost 30 days into the New Year…..Happy New Year from Lovebugsworld to your world! Stay Tuned…….
There are some places you will not get to without fully committing. I pledge to continue committing because there are mounds of places that I am striving to reach!
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase” ~Martin Luther King Jr.
Whenever I am unsure as to what my next step is in my journey I continue to pray for clarity and to have my steps ordered and guided. This quote always give me that extra boost of assurance that everything is already taken care of as long as I continue to do my part by praying, believing, having Faith, trusting and allowing God to handle the rest!!! We might can’t see the ending result, but God already knows….all we have to do is to take the steps!
I have never thought of myself as being inspirational until I began my blogging journey. I have always been opinionated and because of it I’ve been accused of being a “know it all”, bossy, lacking empathy, no emotion, mean, and the list could go on. The picture I am painting doesn’t sound too appealing, huh? It sounds like a monster, right? My argument has been, Yes…I am bossy, but I would never ask someone to do something I am not willing to do myself. Yes, I do feel like I know a lot of things, but I’ve never claimed to know everything. That would be insane! Yes, I have struggled with not having empathy. I don’t think I lack it completely, but I deem it where i feel it is necessarily suited. And usually it is not where the accuser feels it should be. Crazy thing is….for everyone that has called me anything other than my name, usually has to come back and apologize and tell me, “Hey, you were right!” But, I don’t gloat, I just keep doing what I believe is right and because I have the biggest heart, I will always still do my part and being exactly what God has placed me here to do and that’s be helpful! I do empathize with people and situations, but what I don’t tolerate are excuses. I believe whole heartedly in being who or what you say you are and doing exactly what you say you will. I believe in action. If you say it, then do it. There is nothing more disappointing than to be told something that is not carried out by action.
Lately, along with blogging, I have started back writing in my journal. I have seriously been trying to reevaluate myself….my life period. I believe I live up to what I speak, but I have been seeking the help from God to make me over. To make me fit in his eyes so that with anything I put out, it be from God. I am human, so I do make mistakes. So, I do ask for forgiveness when I do fall short. I am so thankful for how far God has brought me!! I will continue to seek guidance and to live out exactly what He has placed me here to do. And in that process, a few have deemed me as inspirational and even though I didn’t think I could wear that hat, I will accept it. There are those before me that have inspired me and there are people who are continuously inspiring me as I type these words, so If I can give back an ounce of what I have been given, then it makes my heart and soul smile. So, for every negative thing that I have been called, there is a piece of positivity lying within.
Ironically, I have been sitting on this posting for a few weeks, but today as I was catching up on some of my fellow bloggers posts, I came across my favorite bloggers site ispygod and exactly what I had been feeling, she had already wrote about, so it gave me the push to finish this posting. Writers block always come at the wrong time!!! Lol! So instead of scraping it, I decided to share it!!
I know we tend to use the term “everything happens for a reason” so loosely, but I think the average person doesn’t really take the time to fully understand the reason or can even identify what the reason really is.
In every situation whether it is good or bad, I always try to figure out what role I played in it, what I did right, wrong, or what I could have done better. Some people call it anal, I call it being thorough so that I can not make the same mistake twice. If it was something good, I want to figure out how to be even better the next time.
In life we go through things to learn from it. If we never experienced anything how can we grow?! The decisions we make in life determine how our life exists. We have a right to every decision we make, but the consequences are far from our reach. We don’t control it…God does! We have to make better decisions and to do that, it first starts with building a better relationship with God.
Before we make decisions, we should be consulting with God. I don’t mean telling him what you are going to do, but asking to see if it aligns with what he has planned for us.
If you find yourself in the same situations over and over again then it’s time to try something different. Change is inevitable, but can be so beneficial. It can be the next best thing in your spiritual growth.
What are you going to differently? What works for you?
This past week or so has been a very trying time for me. I was just feeling like life is just like a roller coaster…the tracks are built for your cart to go up and down and when you are on the ride while it is down, you anticipate the going up! It has to go up and as slow as it may take it to go up, you know it is going to go up. These very words I had to give to a blogger friend today, but as I was typing it for them I realized I needed it for myself as well! Life is just funny like that. We go through all of these life rhythms and even though you feel like you might be off beat, there is always that point when you eventually have rhythm. It’s at these times where your faith has to be in tact. I was reading one of my favorite blogs ispygod today and she gave me that boost I needed to get back on track. As I was reading her post, all I could think about was Matthew 17:20….having Faith as small as a Mustard Seed.
Keeping the Faith, Believing, Prayer and Knowing that we can increase any and all areas of our lives with just that simple formula. Prior to writing this post, I decided to reread one of my many journals. I would be lost without a journal….a pen/pencil and paper is like my therapeutic realm. I collect journals not only because I love to write, but because I have to write; my thoughts, feelings, conversations with God, songs, poems, short stories, things to do lists(that’s another post within itself) or just to doodle is just how serious it is for me to have a journal handy at all times. As I was reading one of my journals, I came across a Journal Entry dated October 18, 2009:
These days my mind has been so full! There is just so much that is swarming around in my head and it is not any bad things. Today as I was getting my brakes done, the guy that was fixing them said to me, “I don’t hear any music, but you are surely rocking back and forth and that tells me that you are a happy person!” That made me feel extra good and put an even bigger smile on my face. I am happy, happier than I have ever been in a long time. I feel so at peace. It almost feels like I have this big secret that only you and I know about. I just want to scream and shout and just get my praise on and tell everyone I come across just how awesome you are. I was so upset that I couldn’t go to church today, but unfortunately my brakes gave out as I was pulling out of the driveway. So, I know there is a reason for that protection. Lord please continue to guide me and help me to make sound decisions spiritually, mentally, financially, and even physically. I thank you for your grace and mercy and patience. I thank you for all the blessings that you have blessed me with and will bless me with. All I ask is to be blessed to be a blessing to others. Thank you for all of my family, loved ones, and friends! I love you!
In Jesus Name,
So, you see Life is full of rhythm and even when we get off beat, we can always find our way back and get right back in tune with the beat!! Reading my journal entry from 2 years ago really made me smile because it is so me to always rock back and forth because there is always music in my head. I truly fit the phrase, “Dancing to the beat of my own Drum.” It’s almost as if I am having a special dance with God because he is my leading man!!
I have heard “Use your God-given Talent or lose it” so much over the last 10 years whether it was said to me or a topic in church for the masses that it had me somewhat in fear of the inevitable. Losing something sucks no matter how you paint the picture! All I could think of was…..OMG!!!! I can actually lose something knowingly. Most of the time, we unknowingly lose things, but to know to me is far worse. It’s like showing up for the “Hunger Games” with no ammunition! It’s just like using medicine after the expiration date and/or eating expired food. Everything in life has an expiration date and if you don’t use it, then it will be of no use or worse…YOU LOSE IT!
So, what’s God Given Talent? To me, it’s simple……we’re put here to use the gifts that HE has given us and use those talent(s) to Serve. A great scripture to back that up is Ephesians 4:11-12. Some people figure out early on what their talents are and for some it takes some time to get there. No path is better than the next as long as you figure out your purpose. A good way to figure out your purpose is to figure out what you excel well at and the things that you really enjoy doing. This would save a lot of wasted money on majors in college that people are only chasing for A. Because that’s what is expected(a long history of family doctors, lawyers, etc), B. It pays well, so I am only doing it for the money and C. It sounds good, so I will
In the bible, there is a great story that is evidence of the consequences of not using your talent. I advise everyone to read Matthew 25:14-30. Once you figure out what your talent is….go out into the World and Serve. Nothing pleases God more than to use what HE has given us to Honor Him. Romans 12:6 tells us, “And since we have different gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us exercise them accordingly.” In all things….BE THANKFUL and Acknowledge HIM.
I found out my talent later on–about 2 years after going into a major that did not hold my interest(Psychology). Once I figured it out(Graphic Design), I still did not use it to the fullest potential(For so many reasons). Don’t muse yourself with self-doubt or that one bad client as I did….embrace it and watch it grow. If I had known or had the opportunity to tap into my talent early on, then it would’ve taken me so long to figure it out. Graphic Design isn’t the only thing I am great at, I house plenty of talents(Writing, anything Artsy/Creative and Kids) and now that I know….I
cannot lose it, it’s not even an option at this point. Here’s to finding your talent and using it!!