Thursday, February 25, 2016

FIX Your Thoughts

Real Talk: When your bank account shows one thing and the doctors says another, it's difficult to be at peace. Your mind and heart are clouded with fear and doubt, how can your thoughts be on anything else?

“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!” {Isaiah‬ ‭26:3‬ ‭NLT‬}

How do you find peace? FIX your thoughts. This indicates that you must be intentional on your part!

Purpose in your heart to choose faith in spite of the facts and be choosy in what you allow to stay in your head.

One thing that help me is giving thanks, even when I don't feel like it. Where there is gratitude there is no room for complaints!

What helps you focus your thoughts? 

Friday, December 11, 2015

Things Money Can't Buy

I love making lists, I'm a writer through and through! Writing things down, along with speaking them out loud, makes them concrete and tangible. It also aids in accountability when you need it. 

On December 31, 2014 at 7:32 PM, a friend and I completed and exchanged a list of things that we needed and that money couldn't buy. 

As 2015 rolled along, we continuously referenced our lists on a monthly basis and we pushed and encouraged each other as we saw each moment come to pass. 

For 2016, I would love to open up this new yearly tradition to whoever wants to join. 

Writing things down helps you align your thoughts and focus on the goal while having someone encourage and remind you of what's to come is so uplifting! 

What are some priceless things you need? I challenge you to write your list and leave the rest to God. Allow Him to surprise you!  

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Excerpts from My Journal: Choose Faith In Spite of the Facts

I can't tell you how much those words have changed my life. 

When I find myself cleaning or running errands I love to listen to Joel Osteen's podcasts.  TBH, it was listening in to him that motivated me to follow my dreams of building my own business! His messages always encourage and inspire me and this one is no different...

"The facts may be against you but God is for you" - Joel Osteen

Numerous times this year I've felt my spirit crush with hopelessness at the thought of my situations. I would find myself punching in numbers or writing down plans and dreams that I felt I would never achieve. 

But it was in those moments that I would point out to God saying "These are the facts. My bills are adding up this amount and I'm not sure how, but I know Who" or "This is what my situation looks like, to anyones eyes it's dead and gone, but I know Who!"

Other times it was "The facts are saying I'm unqualified for many things, but I choose to believe 
in You when You say that nothing is impossible for You!" - Joel Osteen

"I know Who" seems to change the very essence of a problem. When you know who God is - provider, protector, defender, and over all, father, you feel confident in knowing that things will be taken care of. Always. 

Whatever you are facing, remember to take a moment to step back, reflect and decide to choose faith, in spite of the facts.

The podcasts are available on iTunes and the video that inspired this post is available here

Monday, August 10, 2015

Excerpts from My Journal: Last year, my husband and I separated

photo credit: Berkeley Robinson

Last year, my husband and I separated. It became official when I packed my bags and stayed at my parents. 

Everyday my heart and mind tugged and warred. I replayed numerous  outcomes my life could go and I had so many unanswered questions. I think that's what killed me the most during the separation, not knowing what to do anymore and not knowing what the future held. For someone who likes order and control, it was difficult to have neither of these throughout this season. The more I tried to keep it all together, the more I fell apart. 

"...I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for." Jeremiah 29:11

My marriage was finished, my job had me stressed out, I was displaced in my living arrangements, and I was struggling financially. Alone in my brothers' room, I frantically searched throughout the Bible for every promise made by God. I submerged myself into His promises to prosper me, promises to take care of me, promises to be my strength even when I was weak.

Not friends, not family, not even myself. I was in a situation that only God could fix. 

Excerpt from my journal, October 28, 2014 @ 11:09 PM

There were moments that I felt so defeated. Here I was just barely getting started at life on my own and I failed! I looked at what had become of my world and thought to myself "This is impossible". 

But I believe that God dwells in the impossible. I think He loves rising up to the challenges we believe are unlikely just to show us what He can do. 

I decided to let God be God. I decided to let go and trust that He was working on my life for the best, whether that meant my husband was with me or not. I didn't know what the future held, but I knew Who held it and His promise was to give me the future I hope for. 

You can trust God's heart! You can trust that He knows what you need and He sees what you're going through.

The moment I released it all to God things began falling into place in my life. My husband and I are back together and  wonderful opportunities opened up at work. Doing your part means doing your best and then stepping back to allow God to work!

Never again will I doubt the impossible moments. I will always expect God to eagerly rise up when I point out the "impossible" situations, because it is then in our weakness that He proves to be stronger. 

Friday, August 7, 2015

Divine Connections

Atleast once a week this year, I have woken up intentionally expecting divine connections with people and places. 

There have been amazing connections and some that weren't so amazing, yet nonetheless they were divine. They were divine in the sense that all things work out for my (our!) good.  The walls I've hit with relationships and situations have strengthened me in a different way because they have kept me on my toes. 

I was pushed to be a better friend, a better worker, a better woman, overall.  

Much of life is how you perceive it! Yep, even the most difficult of people and situations can be used for our betterment. 

Expect divine connections, in all shapes and sizes.