Affirmations and Change

I was thinking about the previous post on November 27th, Change, and wanted to expound on that a little. Affirmations help us change; however, only if you believe what you are saying to yourself. Sure, repetition is key as we move forward in growth. It is important to understand that faith is a critical key to changing.

I use Bible promises for my affirmations. I will tell you though that I didn’t begin to see the transformation until I believed what God said about me and His promises to me. Psalm 18:30 – “This God-His way is perfect, the word of the Lord proves true; He is a shield for all those who take refuge in Him.”

It truly was the supplement I needed to continue truly growing. The repetition of the affirmations is like reinforcing the glue. Belief is what makes it stick. It is the glue. Even if we fall down (miss a day), we get back up and continue moving forward on our journey.

Believing what you speak to yourself determines what you believe. What are you believing that is impacting your ability to change? Something to ponder regarding your growth, your goals and your life.

Change

Deep Thought

Hello everyone. Today I come from a place in my heart. It is that if you really want things to change, you have to change things. Coming from a weekend of training on empowerment, I am excited that no matter how bad things may look, circumstances do change. How you perceive your circumstances is critical. Should you believe you won’t overcome them, you won’t. Should you believe you will overcome them, you will.

Change requires action. Whether small steps, medium steps, or big steps doesn’t matter. Taking action is what does. Do you really want things to change? I ask again. Do you really want things to change for you? Then start to make changes. First change is mindset. How are you thinking about what needs to change? I can do all things through Christ. Evaluate. Look at all that’s going on around you. What can you do to start your change process? What’s in your control? What’s not?

Ask yourself the hard questions about your life. No one knows the details about your life but you and God. He will help you and He is faithful. Call to me and I will answer He says. He is the all-knowing and all-powerful God.

Cry…Build…Get Over

A little over a week ago, I was reading and came across this saying. “Cry a river, build a bridge and then get over it.” The simplicity of this statement struck a cord with me. In that vein, I would like to share my thoughts about it. I do not remember who wrote this. I take no credit for the wording.

Life happens…pain, loss, betrayal, disappointment, etc., etc.., etc. We cry out to God during these challenging times or at least we need to. He understands. We do not need to bear these challenges alone. Isolation is not the key. He is with us. He did say He would never leave us nor forsake us.

Hebrews 13:5 – “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for He has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’”

We don’t need to bury our emotions. He gave them to us as a gauge for our lives. Anger and fear tell us when danger is near. These emotions compel us to make the right move at the right moment in time. Emotions are not to have control over us. We are to have control over them. Okay, so we have cried our river. Let’s now build the bridge.

Building that bridge means we make the plans necessary to move forward. This also requires us to go to God. He knows the plans that He has for us and they are for good and not for evil.

Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

Once the plans are drawn up, you begin building. God has all the tools needed to move forward in building this bridge. Seek His face for all the extra tools along the way. You see, surprises still come up along the way. We have God’s compassion, mercy, provision and protection though; so, we are ready for those surprises..

Then, last but certainly not least, get it over it. Time to move on. Move forward on the journey to help others. Yes, we do help others by sharing the Gospel. We walk it out. It seems that I have made this very simplistic. The steps truly are simple. It is just very hard to go through the pain. Even now, though, you don’t have to go it alone. He will never leave us nor forsake us. We do have brothers and sisters in Christ who also help us along the way.

Somehow we seem to have gotten away from the simplicity of this journey. It is hard, yes, but simple nonetheless.

Cry your river…build your bridge…and get over it.

Be blessed.

Draw Near to God

God’s Hand

2nd Chronicles 7:14

“If my people who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and I will forgive their their sin and heal their land.”

This Scripture is one of my favorites. There are four steps in this Scripture. The first step is humility. Humbling yourself is accepting that you need God and He is God.

The second step is prayer. Prayer is our communication with God. When we open our hearts to God, acknowledging that He is God and we need Him, He will answer. He leads and guides us with grace, mercy, compassion and love.

The third step is seeking His face. We must seek the face of God for our lives, our family and our future. When we diligently seek God, His word says that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. It is a choice you make every day.

Hebrews 11:6 – “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” (NIV)

The fourth step is turning from our wicked ways. Doing things that do not glorify God but our flesh, the world or the devil is not glorifying God. Only you know where these areas are in your life.

Something I would like to note is that God is not a microwave God. Be patient with God like He is with us. He works in us and through us. Just thought I’d share.

Be blessed!

Self-Discipline and Change

Self-Discipline and Change

I have written about self-discipline before. Today I would like to offer a practical application. This application also offers a way to manage your time as well. Allocate a time slot to take at least one step towards a goal. For instance, everyday from 10 am to 11 am is devoted to this one step. You may have a goal of becoming a better writer (only you know). So, now you commit to that one hour every day, whether you read, diligently search the web, evaluate how you would like to become better, etc.

However, I would like to emphatically insist that you don’t multi-task. Focus on this one particular task. Do not include the dinner menu, the shopping list, etc. These details are specific because they are key to establishing your new habit. Action enforces motivation. Not only that, now you are better utilizing your time. This commitment helps you work on your self-discipline as well. Commitment is critical to self-discipline and self-discipline requires commitment. Dedication and application are key elements of commitment.

What areas in your life now require self-discipline? Is mastering your time a need right now? Whether business or personal, change has to come to realize your goals and/or dreams. Evaluate your life right now. You cannot commit to something of which you are unaware.

Self-Care

Hello, everyone. I wanted to make sure I connected today. I have been busy and sick. Started getting sick a little over a week ago. I had to rest this past week. I had no energy to do anything. Thought about coming down on myself and accepted that sometimes you just need rest. Being sick isn’t always just about being too busy, it’s your body telling you your balance is off. That information is a good thing. There are times when it is okay to get rest. We need that, to be rejuvenated, to refuel, and to adjust our perspectives.

I am sharing this with you because we all need to be encouraged when it is time to get rest. Our culture today is about going until we can’t go anymore. I think it’s called grinding. (Okay, I’m aging myself.) I believe that this mindset influences the perspective to do whatever is necessary to keep moving. We need to understand the full spectrum of productivity includes rest. Rest is necessary for excellence.

That said, I am glad I got the rest I needed. A couple of those days, I just needed the extra sleep. I am not sure we truly appreciate the value sleep is to our whole and healthy, well-being. Just wanted to connect and let you know that I am doing so much better; re-connecting to my posting schedule. I am grateful for that.

Be blessed and that care of yourselves.

Don’t Become Weary in Well-Doing

I want to encourage all my readers today with Galatians 6:9 – “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap eternal life.” This Scripture is very important for a believer because we have hope. Our souls are eternal and we must keep our eyes on doing well. God knows that we sometimes get tired. That is when you ask for His strength to keep going, His courage. The Scripture does say not by power, nor by might but by His Spirit.

The Journey – Stay in the Faith Lane

This journey is not easy. However, nothing is impossible with God. 1 Corinthians 15:58 – “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord, your labor is not in vain.”

As we help others out of a pure heart, we must keep our eyes on Jesus. His word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. God says He will never leave us nor forsake us. No matter what you are going through, He is with us. We will face trials and tribulations. We are overcomers. We have the victory through Christ Jesus our Lord.

As we walk in victory, we share our journey of faith and encourage others. I just wanted to speak into your spirit today with the truth of God’s word. No matter what it looks like, God is still in control.

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No fear. As a believer, we have access to an all powerful, all knowing, present everywhere God. We were given peace and the Holy Spirit to navigate this life. What do we really have to fear, giving away the power that is a gift to us? Are you living in the power of God’s love or are you living in fear?