You must spend time with God in order to recognize His voice above all others. This may sound overwhelming or complicated but it doesn’t have to be. One place to hear God speak to you is through His Word, the Bible. Another is through prayer and conversation, you speak to Him and wait for Him to speak to you. Another is just in stillness and silence.
You must first believe you can hear His voice and then you should expect it. It’s so important to know how He speaks to you so you can discern the voices that are not His.
If you are waiting for a spouse. That persons communication should mimic how God speaks. If it doesn’t, they are not the one or are not ready. Either way, run!!!
Thoughts bombard us sometimes. Our Self-Talk should mimic the voice of God or you should shut it down with the Word of God and the Name of Jesus!
Get to know His Voice!
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.”
John 10:27 NKJV
Do you get frustrated because the people closest to you don’t recognize when you need help? Maybe you are going through and as the encourager and cheerleader for others you wish you had one for yourself.
You are not alone, you are part of the tribe I’ll call “The Strong Ones.” I have a message for you today:
People aren’t neglecting you. Don’t get offended, frustrated, and angry when they don’t respond the way you expect. See, you go through tests and trials so well that people think you really have it all together. They don’t know how you really feel and wouldn’t know how to respond if they did. But there is one that cares, He knows about it, and He will give you the strength to endure and come out of the fire without being burned! His name is Jesus! Cry out to Him, lay down and tell Him all about it! He knows what suffering is. He knows what it feels like to feel forsaken, hurt, and disappointed. Share your heart with Him today and keep it moving.
Don’t get mad at people in your circle and what seems like a lack of care. Truth is they do love you and they care. Believe it or not, even trials look good on you! 😉
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