Health and Wellness Fridays: Slow Down Before You Go Down

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Hello and welcome back to Health and Wellness Fridays!

Fridays, for many of us, signify the end of the work week and we just want to kick back and relax. This is normal, healthy and understandable. The hustle and bustle of everyday life can often leave us feeling exhausted and stressed out. However, even after working hard some of us have difficulty making and taking time for ourselves to truly rest and recuperate.

I will admit I’ve been guilt of this in the past. How many of us look forward to the weekend but then have anxiety step in because of all the thoughts in our minds of what must be done and the limited time we have to complete them? This often causes a love/ hate relationship with the weekend for many.

So we take a deep breath and try to enjoy whatever little ‘me’ time we can get at the end of it all. Unfortunately, sleep time does not count but it is essential for the body and mind. Before we know it, the weekend is over and it is back to work. We start our new work week not completely rested but push through anyway because we have to.

Eventually, I came to this realization, ‘all of this constant running around week after week is physically and mentally draining you. This current pattern leaves you with just enough time for the basics of life – to eat and sleep. Where is the joy and the fun? You better slow down, before you go down.’

Talk about a revelation. I had to sit down and really review my life especially the recreational aspect of it. Why? It was non-existent.

This new pattern of behaviour is what my self-talk eventually resulted it.

  1. Starting my day with prayer and worship music. I have found that talking to God first thing each morning helps sets the tone for the day. I feel at peace and I’m more relaxed.
  2. Making sure to start my day with a healthy and nourishing breakfast. I found that skipping meals not only affected my mood but also caused me to make unwise food decisions later in the day that only made me feeling guilty afterward.
  3. Make doing something or going somewhere fun a mandatory experience on the weekend. Indoors or outdoors it does not matter once I’m enjoying it and have the kids participate.
  4. I started doing more of my chores like (washing and cleaning) during the week and this freed up my weekend and my mind from those chores.
  5. Creating a period within the day where I have at least 45 minutes to an hour for myself where I do nothing but relax. Sit down and read a chapter or two, catch up my reading of blogs or listening to music. Whatever you decide but no work and no stressing out. If you have kids make sure they are properly supervised first and just take this time to clear your mind and rest your body.

This new routine I have implemented in my life has honestly given me a sense of clarity, joy and peace that my life was lacking before. If you are, like I used to be, then I suggest you slow down before you go down.

You have to create the time for YOU. That is the only way you would be able to truly relax and unwind. I didn’t know what to do with my time to tell you the truth when I got it but I have learnt to create moments of happiness whenever and wherever I can.

I look forward to the weekend now because I have a different attitude, approach and perspective. I’m no longer letting my weekend dictate what I do but instead I determine where and what I would like to do with my time and schedule life around that. That way I’m not just existing within my life but actually living it.

However, you choose to spend your weekends try to ensure you get time to enjoy what YOU love.

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Thank you for making this blog one of your stops on this journey called life.

Make this weekend a great one. ūüôā

I Surrender

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Many of us have been going through life in a state of existence for so long but the time has come for us to start living our lives. All we have to do is surrender to Your will oh Lord. Help us Oh Lord, as we surrender today.

Thank You Lord for another day to witness Your mercy and grace in every area of my life.  Thank You that once I obey Your word and put my unwavering trust in You, I will receive Your blessing, favour, provision and protection in my life. All of which is more than I could ever do for myself.

It is with this understanding, that I surrender ALL that I am and have to You knowing that You have got me secure and safe in Your more than able hands. Give me Your comfort and peace as I LET GO of ALL of my fears, concerns, doubt, issues and challenges that come before me. Thank You for ALWAYS strengthening me from within so that I can grow in my faith and trust in You.

As I surrender unto You Oh Lord, BREAK every chain that has kept me from my fulfilling my destiny and my purpose. DESTROY and REMOVE every evil thing that has kept sickness in my family, my finances limited, my business stuck, my mind cloudy and my happiness far away.

I receive this blessing and FREEDOM gifted by You today and ask that everyone that reads this post and believe it be blessed with your mercy as they receive Your grace. In Jesus name. Amen.

ALWAYS remember to thank God for ALL He has done, is doing and WILL do in your life. Don’t lose hope because of what is before you KNOW that once Jesus Christ is a part of your life “no weapon formed against you shall prosper”. (Isaiah 54:17)

Thank you for making this blog one of your stops in this journey called life.

Have a blessed day.

 

 

 

 

STOP PUSHING AND START PULLING

Many times we go through life constantly trying to fix, repair, arrange and change everything and everyone around us.¬† We’re always PUSHING.¬† However, when life PUSHES us we naturally PUSH back. The end result is not always in our favour.

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The thing is, the majority of us struggle in this area because we are always trying within our own strength, understanding and wisdom to PUSH and fix, change or manipulate the world around us without once considering improving the world within ourselves first.

As a result, we 9 out of 10 times end up feeling frustrated, depressed, angry, stressed out and unhappy. We will always fail when we try to go after or try to sustain happiness outside of ourselves. So, how do we begin the transformation process needed within ourselves?

I have initiated certain steps in my own life that I use today and WILL use tomorrow and the next day in my¬†journey towards a better me.¬†¬† Let’s take a look.

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Step One – STOP PUSHING and START PULLING

Acknowledge and recognise¬†that we cannot in our own strength fix ourselves.¬† We NEED a power greater than ourselves to repair, heal and fix those areas within us that we are unable to¬†fix. That power is called Jesus Christ.¬† When we stop pushing God away and keeping Him out of our daily lives and start pulling Him closer – something amazing happens. ūüėČ

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Step Two – SEEK FORGIVENESS

Genuinely confess and ask for God for His forgiveness for ALL the wrong we have done with all of our heart.  I believe that when we do this, this opens up the door for God to work miracles and do other wonderful works in our lives.  This process helps lighten the load and weight that so many of us carry with us emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

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Step Three – PRAY AND READ THE BIBLE DAILY

Actively seek God daily through prayer and reading the bible (His word). When we practice this we are building and strengthening our relationship with God as we gain understanding and¬†knowledge of Him.¬† This takes our lives to a whole other level.¬† Our eyes, ears and hearts are suddenly open. I would like to refer to this feeling as¬†the “level up or power up¬†through Jesus Christ”.

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Step Four – BE HUNGRY AND THIRSTY FOR GOD AND SEEK HIM DAILY

Talk to God every day because our relationship with Him should not be a Sunday thing or one day a week when we go to church. It¬†should be a conscious daily walk with Him.¬†¬† Why? The challenges that we faced before accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour would not just disappear overnight.¬† However,¬†it is through His guidance and grace would we not only see our situations¬†differently but get His divine intervention to bring us through them every single time.¬† ūüôā

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Step Five – LET GO, TRUST AND BELIEVE

We can become successful in our¬†areas of ‘discomfort’ if we learn to LET GO of the worry and¬†fear that so often accompanies them.¬† However, in order for us to do that we¬†must TRUST God’s¬†plan for us and BELIEVE that He would not leave us to suffer or fail.

We can’t simply talk the talk as true believers in Jesus Christ but we must walk the walk.¬†

It is our faith and trust in God that opens up the Heavens and allows the favour and blessings of God to flow in our lives.  This is where our success, power and ability to succeed in our circumstances comes from.  We must never forget that.

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In my own journey to become the woman God needs me to be I pray that He continues to transform my life, my heart, my mind and spirit as He takes me to places and new levels I’ve never even dreamed of. Opening doors, creating opportunities and washing my life inside and out with His favour, mercy and grace as I obey His word and place my trust in Him. In Jesus name. Amen.

Don’t take my word for it. Pray and talk to God for yourself and as you humble yourself before Him ask for his guidance in your affairs and thank Him for being apart of your life.¬† Stop doing things your way, stop depending on anyone else but God for your happiness, deliverance, wisdom, strength, courage, healing, understanding,¬†favour and blessing.¬† Make this investment in YOU today.

If you have read through this post in its entirety then I believe God has already awoken something deep inside of you but only YOU can let Him in.  If you are already a believer then there may have been something here He needed you to see.  Talk to God today and ask Him to help you BE all He needs you to be.

Thank you for making this blog one of your stops in this journey called life.

Have a blessed day.

 

Longing, Hunger and Thirst

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Do you know what it is to long for something MORE in your life and not know what or who it is you need to truly satisfy that feeling inside of you?

Do you know of a thirst and hunger that is so great that NO amount of food can satisfy?

Do you know how many people go to sleep at night FULL of sorrow and so much pain that the longing within them is just so much that only tears can release the pressure inside?

Do you know that ALL we have to do to address that longing, hunger and thirst is to look up and speak to the Almighty God and invite Him into our hearts and lives?

Do you know that the only thing keeping us stuck in these periods of longing and hunger is our unwillingness to accept there is more to us that what we see and know?

Every day we choose to just go through the motions of our everyday existence we deny ourselves our God-given inheritance because of fear, doubt, lies and stubbornness. 

Today, let us CHOOSE to embrace a difference path.  Let us choose to LOOK UP and SPEAK OUT.

Heavenly Father, as we come before today we thank you for this new day that only You could have created. We acknowledge all of our imperfections and wrong doing and ask that You forgive us for our stubbornness. 

Help us, Oh Lord! to make the changes we need in our lives so we can be free from the longing, thirst and hunger that has eluded us for so long. 

As we read these words, I believe that God will START the work in us that only He can do to bring us a sense of peace and joy that we have never known before Him.

Create in me Oh Lord, a spirit that hunger and thirst for You.

Create in me Oh Lord, a spirit that actively seeks You.

Create in me Oh Lord, a tongue that speaks life, promotion, positivity, prosperity and peace.

Create in me Oh Lord, a heart that is free from evil, resentment, hatred, jealousy and envy.

Create in me Oh Lord, a mind that is at peace with itself and You Oh Lord. 

Create in me Oh Lord, all of these things so that I can experience Your mercy, favour, blessing, healing, love, protection and guidance in every aspect of my life.

Let Your light shine within me so bright that darkness has no option but to retreat NEVER to return.

Let Your joy and love fill every corner of my being so that I NEVER forget that You are with me always.

Let Your peace comfort me when I feel weary or scared. 

Thank you Lord for never giving up on me. I receive all of these blessings. In Jesus name. Amen.

May God continue His work in us each and every day.

As I go, I leave you with this message: Although we would never be perfect we CAN become better than we are right now but we have to WORK on it. Put your trust in God for everything and He WILL see you through.

Thank you for making this blog one of your stops on this journey called life.

 

Music Reflection Mondays: A Spiritual Awakening

Happy Monday greetings to each of you.  I hope this Monday does not meet you feeling blue.  Music can activate movement and emotions within us without even trying.  I believe we all have a spirit or soul within us that is driven or moved to or by certain things in the same way.

With that said, I felt compelled to share this poem with you.  What is the music or murmur in your spirit saying to you. May God bless you as you read it.

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For a long time my spirit has been asleep

I can only imagine how much this made You weep

I can now feel You deep within my core

And this makes me want to know You even more

 

As I embark on this life-changing journey

I recognise there is a power lying dormant inside me

I ignored Your calls and instead chose to build up walls

While You had to look on and document my falls

 

My spirit has finally received the message,

“It’s time to come home but you must make some changes”.

I have chosen to accept this call and even though I may fall

I won’t put up my usual wall

Instead on Your Word I would call.

 

Thank You for choosing me.¬† I’m glad I’ve finally chosen You.

I will no longer insist on doing things my way

Instead I’ll pay special attention to what You have to say

I will TRUST in Your vision and purpose for my life

And obey Your word as disobedience brings strife

Thank You Lord for being a part of my life.

 

Be blessed and know that God loves you and will continue to love you as you learn to love yourself. Be washed with His grace and mercy as you listen to some of my new favourites below.

 

Thank you for making this blog one of your stops on this journey called life.

 

 

 

Health and Wellness: Go Beyond the Surface

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Hello and welcome back to Health and Wellness Fridays!

I trust that your day is going well and if it is not, I want you¬†to trust that it¬†WILL get better.¬† Don’t allow your emotions or joy to be sucked away because of something someone said, did or did not do.

Look beyond that moment into your point of happiness within yourself and flood your mind with it and hold onto that. Life is just too short to hold on to the negative so free yourself from it.

Stay close as¬†I prepare to venture¬†beyond the surface. That is, beyond our aches, pains, weight loss goals, eating habits, among other things we wish we could physically change about ourselves.¬†¬†Many of us have¬†been told over the years that in order to live healthier and¬†happier lives that we need to do certain things such as¬†drink more water, exercise, don’t eat too much of this or eat more of that¬†and so on.

I must admit that I have been one of those people who would have said some of those very things. In my own journey to improve my health I have learnt more than I honestly expected.¬† So¬†don’t get me wrong, we should¬†pay attention to what we put into our bodies.¬† The fact is,¬†our actions have¬†a direct impact on our health and overall well-being.

However,¬†what we often miss or rather overlook, is¬†the not so obvious things inside of us that also affect our health and overall well-being. ¬†Many times our desire to become ‘healthy’¬†and ultimately¬†improve our¬†outward appearance tends to shift the focus away from some very important and real issues that we need to address inside of ourselves.

These underlying issues¬†are often buried¬†within us hiding among the physical issues that also plague us some known and unknown.¬†¬† Some of these issues¬†may include: anger, sadness, resentment, hatred, bitterness, regret, stress, and so much more.¬† Most of which often go unresolved, unchecked, dismissed or archived¬†because we don’t want to deal with them or don’t have the time.

These emotions and unresolved issues within us cause more harm than drinking a sugar beverage or eating a piece of fried chicken in my humble opinion.¬† If we don’t address and actively treat with these issues we would be slowly killing ourselves no matter how many¬†fruits, vegetables, smoothies or¬†high fiber foods we eat.

So today, I’m asking¬†God to help us with these unresolved issues within us that we’ve either avoided, neglected or¬†ignored hoping that¬†they would just go away. We all know that ignoring them does not make the pain and hurt go away.¬† It¬†merely¬†numbs us temporarily.¬† Let’s instead choose to go after¬†a resolution that is more permanent as we ask God to heal our heart¬†and create in us a new spirit.¬† Allow God to free us from the memories, limits and pain that have eaten away at us for so long.

Heavenly Father, as¬†I come before today,¬†I want to thank You for another opportunity to be a blessing in someone’s life.¬† I ask Oh Lord that¬†every person¬†reading and hearing this message¬†that may have health and wellness issues beyond what the eyes can see be blessed and the healing process initiated in their life.

I ask for your intervention, your grace, your healing and mercy in our individual situations today.  Create within us a clean hearts Oh Lord and help us free ourselves from those shackles on our hearts and souls so that we can experience true health and wellness in our lives today and everyday.  In Jesus name, Amen.

 

 

 

 

The ‘Right’ Thing

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Knowing the right thing and doing the right thing is not always an automatic occurrence. 

I recognize that because of our own weaknesses, fears, doubts and sometimes even our upbringing that the ‘right’ thing may not always be clear and can be quite scary at times.

Thankfully, we have a choice to live life not by our own understanding but through someone greater than us. God has equipped us with His word that guides and directs us in the way we should go.

Heavenly Father thank you for this beautiful Friday morning that You have blessed us with. Lord my prayer for every person reading this message is that we would be gifted with Your strength, wisdom, understanding and courage to do the right thing in every situation we find ourselves in. When we seek You Lord may we always find clarity and guidance. In Jesus name, amen!

Have a blessed day and a wonderful weekend. ūüôā

Thank you for making this blog one of your stops in this journey called life.