…impacting others for change by encouragement from the Word of God and sharing my journey with Him
As a Christian life coach, my heart's focus is to help others move forward. Being stuck is no fun. You don't have to stay stuck. The biblical perspective is my anchor. My objective is to share my journey with the Lord Jesus Christ.
“The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, To the soul who seeks Him.” Lamentations 3:25 (NKJV)
Jeremiah speaks directly to us from chapter 3 in Lamentations. His description of going through difficult times and challenges paints a powerful picture of feeling like there is no hope, no way out. The challenges presented are directly relatable to what you may be dealing with right now. Sometimes in reading the heroic steps of the people of God from His Word, the internal challenges they faced may be overlooked. When walking through darkness, there may be the impression that we are all alone. The emotion is so strong we may feel that no one can know what is being experienced. No one can imagine what you are dealing with. No one can know or understand. However, ask Jeremiah. Read his testimony of what it feels like when it seems everything is totally against you in every form and fashion.
Changing perspective though, he also describes what it looks like to trust God in the mist of the darkness. To wait on God, to cry out to Him in the midst of the pain. God will turn it around, no matter what it looks like. Jeremiah accurately describes the road to change. Turn your heart back to God. He is faithful and His mercies are new every morning. He will answer prayers. Rather than wallow in distressed emotion, speak from the heart to God. Jeremiah did.
“I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I sill hope in Him.’ ” Lamentations 3:2
“that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him.” Ephesians 1:17 (NKJV)
In reading Chapter 1 of Ephesians, everything needed to live a victorious life in Christ has been given to us. Believing in Jesus, the Holy Spirit is deposited in us as a guarantee of God’s promise of eternity. However, the blessing is not just for eternity but the journey here as well. In God’s expression of love for us, He provided the means for us to be victorious in everyday life. Surrendering your life to Jesus would not be necessary if we held all the answers. He would not have needed to lay down His life on the cross for us. However, God in His mercy and awesome expression of love for us, tendered His one and only Son that we might have life and have it more abundant. There is thankfulness in my heart today for all He has done for me. What about you?
This post supports a passion for a lifestyle according to biblical standards. The Bible outlines a standard of living that protects each of us. Based on the chaos going on in the world today with man’s objective to do things his way, we are totally going around in circles. It is a given that the world is progressing. But, to what end? There is a need for us to get back to basics. That may sound boring to some. At this point in my life, I would rather be bored than going around in circles. Each person has the choice to choose how they want to live.
This post is purely subjective. Here are some questions for you to ponder. Do you believe that man is body, soul, and spirit? Do you believe that the spirit man needs to be fed spiritually as well as mentally and physically? Do you believe in eternal life? Do you believe that the earthly realm is all there is?
Jesus is the answer. He not only died for the sins of the world but left instructions to boot. How about that? The biblical standard is about each person taking accountability for what they choose to do. There was a saying heard a couple weeks ago, “People act on what they believe and not what they know.” What do you believe? What do you know?
As I continue to heal from surgery and do the work for my Master’s, I wanted to come to say hello. I hope all is well. Not sure if anyone else is challenged with getting everything done on a consistent basis. Time seems to get away from me. Okay, so the grandkids help with time getting away from me.
Work on one thing at a time and finish it. Sometimes I am all over the place, starting something and moving on to something else without finishing the previous item. Moving forward in the Master’s program is challenging as I deal with medical issues. However, this process is calling for me to glean things unimportant. I never knew how much I added things I didn’t need to do. I am also learning to prioritize. What’s most important to be accomplished today? As I answer these questions, things become clearer. The good thing is that God is giving me the grace to do this.
I would just like to encourage any reader who is challenged with that ominous to-do list to prioritize. I have accepted that I can not do everything every day. Days need to be set aside for certain things. That way I can accomplish excellence in what I do on that day. Boy! If I was only practicing this in my thirties. Back then, I had the delusion I was superwoman. You know what is said, “Hindsight is 20-20.” No fretting though. Got it now.
Last, but not least, make sure to get rest when needed. Since having the surgery, I don’t have the same energy I used to have. My body will tell me, “You need to sit down, lie down, or go to sleep.” I obey. Side note. With the heat wave that is all over the place, not just Las Vegas or Phoenix, but areas all over the place are experiencing high heat warnings, it’s best to make sure you are not only resting when required but hydrated as well.
There may be a thought that life coaching is simple. That you do not need another person telling you what to do. This is what coaching is not. Life coaching is about helping another person get “unstuck”. Regardless of the area in which you are stuck, someone walking alongside you to make suggestions, ask the right questions, and motivate you to take that leap of faith is an important part of the journey. A life coach doesn’t make decisions for you. A coach helps you understand the decisions needed to move forward. As I move forward on my own journey, change can be daunting. I understand. However, nothing is impossible.
One foundational principle for me is that you do not have to walk alone. My primary goal is to help you move forward. It’s not to make decisions for you. Should you need someone to support you on your journey, contact me. I am glad to help. I do not know everything, but I do know if there is an area I am not versed in, I will give you resources to help you get what you need. Let’s talk. Let me be a bridge.
Be inspired, motivated, and excited about your life!
Hi, all. I am posting today about what’s going on with me. I have been dealing with some medical issues, from having a mini-stroke in March to having major carotid artery surgery last week. I have accepted the realization that you don’t go to the hospital to get rest, you go so that you can healthier to be able to rest when you get back home.
Today I write to not only encourage others but myself as well. There are times when things happen in our lives to help us refocus. Self-care is important and even with that, aging does appear to shoot darts at us. Truly living is not about blame or shame, it’s about apppreciating life every day. It’s about learning how to live and not just striving everyday to acquire levels and accolades.
As I write this, I am faced with how easy it is to become overtaken by the chaos, by the misperception that achievement is all there is. What comes to mind is the Scripture “Now godliness with contentment is great gain.” (1 Timothy 6:6)
I may be amiss here, but I would venture to ask, have we forgotten how to live? Enjoy the moments, whether sitting in the backyard and enjoying the breeze, or the early morning cup of coffee with silence and the aroma engaging our sense of smell; even thanking God for just that moment of being. Being present, whether it’s the coffee, the meal, the grandkids, or even a really good book, I just want to encourage you today, live for today.
Jesus says He came that we may have abundant life. “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10) This abundant life is not about things and busyness, but about living out your purpose to serve God and others. Be present with those you love, including yourself.
Focus – a central point of attraction, attention, or activity; the ability to concentrate one’s attetnion or to sustain concentration.
If you have read any post I have written, my focus is on Christ, on eternity. I share today that I wouldn’t have it any other way. As I bend my direction from the things of this world to eternity, it becomes more and more important to make sure that I consider the anchor of my soul. We all know we are not going to live forever. We all have this in common, we are going to die. “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,” (Hebrews 9:27) Where are you going when you leave this earth? Christ will return a second time for salvation. He already came for sin.
I know this is a soberomg subject but has to be a part of the conversation about life. I have lost several family members at this point in my life. It does force me to consider eternal consequences for my actions. What is after the car, the house, the investments, the education and whatever else is of interest? It is left behind. We cannot hold onto anything to take with us but the love of Christ.
With all the chaos going on in the world, it is on my heart to mention eternity as a reminder that we are eternal creatures. I believe it is important for us to consider our eternal destination. This world is definitely temporary. I would just like to present this thought-provoking information to you. My hope and prayer is that you will take some time to ponder eternity.
The post for 05/31/23 presented a challenge to choose one thing you would like to change and take steps toward that change for a week. Then revisit it. I made the point in that post that change takes time.
Today, I would like to suggest to you that how you view the world, the lens from which you see things has a major impact on your change journey. The paradigm from which you have positioned yourself is what influences your thoughts, your thoughts then influence your behavior, and your behavior becomes habit.
A paradigm is like a map to get you where you want to go. You cannot get to California using a map of Massachusetts. What am I saying? I am saying you may have to change your map, how you view things, to get where you want to go. You need to change your pattern of thinking.
In choosing that one thing you would like to change, how do you view it? Is it based on truth and principle or just how you view it? Do you know how or why you came to accept this behavior as okay for you? Would you be willing to change your view of something in order to change you and/or your circumstances for the better? Definitely questions to ponder.