Let me break a misconception that I used to have and that I encounter from time to time. The misconception is that those that share inspiration don’t go through the same gut wrenching, life altering, and flat out painful issues that others face. It’s just not true, we go through just as much as any. The difference is that we make a choice to use that pain for a purpose!
You have a choice as well, what will you choose?
- Allow the test/trial to shut you down!
- Use the test/trial as fuel to Press Full Steam Ahead!
I pray you choose the latter, there is a group of people that need to the treasure that is within you!
So I know we all have seen that pic of a glass half full used to illustrate optimism or either pessimism depending on whether you see it half full or half empty. But how about taking a new look.
It’s a glass. It’s open at the top. It can be emptied out and it can be poured back into. Take a moment and just think of yourself as that glass:
- Do you need to pour out all the goodness that is in it to help fill someone else’s empty glass
- Do you need to dump it, clean it up and fill it with something fresh and new
If you have been pouring out and need to be refilled take some time to nuture your soul spiritually and physically. We all need a break. It’s in these times that we can be refilled so we can pour out even more.
If you don’t like what’s in your glass, it’s been sitting still too long and is starting to smell. Pour it out and refill it with what will bring Life!
“A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.”
Once you have identified what you are supposed to do in life, just keep doing it. Do it until it becomes 2nd nature. If you are called to impact the lives of children, do it everyday. Some days what you do will be seen, sometimes it will be preparation or even downtime to be refreshed. But do it purposefully!
Brushing our teeth, bathing, and for sure eating are things we do without 2nd thought. We do them because we know to do them. If we run out of toothpaste, soap, or food we get more! We don’t give up on bathing and eating.
When you face obstacles, challenges, test, and trials you must keep doing the work. You have to regroup and get what you need (spiritually, physically, emotionally, financially) to get it done. You must keep swimming!!!
Deep inside your soul knows what it was created to do. Once you tap into that and do it on a daily basis. Your whole life and outlook will change. You will wake up with no alarm. You will have joy unspeakable! You will be fulfilling your purpose. When it gets hard just tell yourself like Dory “Just Keep Swimming!” Bless you! 😘
Feeling a little blah? Do something extra special for yourself and keep it to yourself. Maybe it’s matching your bra and panties, using that perfume you save for special occasions, eating a meal on your good China, adding whipped cream to your coffee, or getting the deluxe pedi instead of the regular one.
Whatever it is, I challenge you to treat yourself like royalty because you are! Take the extra step in the care of you! You do it for everyone else and your soul is taking note. Stop treating people and things with more care than you treat yourself. It’s an insult to your creator.
So I just celebrated another Birthday! And took a week or so to reflect and plan for this year and beyond. I’m 39 and I want to end this decade strong so the next will be epic!!! I saw this pic recently and it reminded me of all I went through at that time. Believe it or not I was 21 in this pic. Life had literally aged me.
- The most important man in my life had passed away, My Pop.
- The other man in my life had cheated on me and had a baby on the way.
- I struggled with issues of abuse in my past.
- I had no idea who “I” was and what “I” wanted to do.
I needed to be born again, a fresh start, and a new beginning. And through Christ I was able to do all that. Did it happen overnight? Nope, more like over the next decade but I can honestly say, I don’t look like, smell like, or even feel like what I’ve been through.
It’s my desire to help others as well. New Beginning Life Coaching….coming soon. Get Ready!
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
II Corinthians 5:17 NKJV
Ouch! The Word of God is truly a 2-edged sword and it cut and convicted me this morning. When I think of the time I’ve wasted with my eyes on the TV or phone; it’s a shame. Now all of these things have their place but when you’ve been given a God-inspired assignment you can’t afford anything worthless. So if you are gonna look at something make sure its useful and is building you up. When you feel that pull to release the treasure that is within you to reach the masses, there is no time to waste!
Hope deferred makes the heart sick. We feel down, we get weary. Oh but when it comes….but when it comes, but when it comes!!!
During those moments your heart feels sick because it’s still waiting on your Hopes to be fulfilled mediate on how it will feel when it comes!!! What will life be like? What will it look like? What will it smell like? What will it sound like?
When thoughts come that discourage you in the wait, tell those thoughts…”Oh but when it comes…
When you want to give up and throw in the towel on your Hopes:
- Praise Him in advance
- Praise Him because He’s with you in the wait
- Praise Him in spite of the wait because the wait is for your good!
Proverbs 13:12 Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.
I love the month of September!!! It’s my Birth Month, the end of summer and the start of Fall. Change is in the air! I haven’t always embraced change in my life but now I realize that even the most painful changes have worked out for my good! I’ve learned that I’m stronger than I think, that trouble don’t last always, and that I have the power to overcome what tries to take me out!
I challenge you this month to implement “CHANGE” daily! No change is too small: Try a new hairstyle, new lipstick color, your attitude, your home decor, the way you speak to your spouse, your organization system, your perfume, the type of books you read, the music you listen too, your exercise routine, your meals …
You get the picture, change it up! As you implement change yourself you won’t be as resistant to the “CHANGE” that comes in life that you have no control over.