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…….