Run Your Own Race

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Life is often viewed as a race and I think that’s because we’re always looking at how well those around us seem to be doing when compared to us.  When we do this, we often neglect the beauty and the blessings going on within our own lives that we should be grateful for.

The truth is, how well we do in our own race called life is dependent on how well we handle the challenges and the lessons along the way.

Now ask yourself this:

  • How high am I prepared to jump over my hurdles to get to my destination?
  • How badly do I want to see my dreams come through?
  • What or who am I prepared to let go of to move forward into my destiny?

Based on your answers to those questions.  Here are some things we would need to do to start running our own races more effectively.

1. Seek to align our lives with the word of God. When we seek God’s word and try to apply it to our lives amazing things happen. We experience improvement in our relationships, business, workplace, our kids, our health, our thinking and behaviour as well as our finances.  God’s word provides guidance, understanding, breakthroughs, wisdom and peace.

2. Take control of our thoughts. We can do this if we stop worrying about the race ahead of us and just tackle it one hurdle at a time.

3. Focus on the race in front of you. Stop focusing on the race the other runners are running.

4. Magnify our strengths and work on our weaknesses. Stop comparing our race to the race other runners are in.

5. Stop complaining. Recognize that each race is different just as each runner is different. Each runner and race has its own challenges so count your blessings.

6. Recognize and understand that our success or failure in our race is based on the reconditioning of our mind. We have to set a right attitude, build and use a vocabulary that is full of positivity.

7. Recognize that what we choose to put our trust and faith in affects our outcome.

8. Choose to see the beauty and opportunity in it rather than the obstacles.

9. Learn to ignore and distance ourselves from negative people. Don’t allow their noise to distract or discourage you.

10. Lastly, recognizing that falling from time to time is part of the process and is therefore normal.  Remember, the real winners at the end of the race would be those individuals who got back up and kept running till the very end.

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No matter what your race track in life looks like, trust that God is in control. Understand that all you need to do is tap into His strength and not your own to finish the race.

Like a race car on the track when it stops for the pit crew to make sure everything is in order.   We have a pit crew there for us also. God the Father, Jesus Christ His Son and the Holy Spirit. We’re not alone in our race although it may sometimes feel like that.

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God is always there cheering us on every step of the way. We have to merely ask for His intervention and hand control of the steering wheel of our lives over to Him.

We want God to just get us to the finish line without having to stop, learn, fight or overcome anything.  God loves us far too much for that.  He wants us to grow and overcome our weaknesses.  He will hold our hand while we learn, lift us up when we fall but we have to still do some of the work.

So run your own race and don’t focus on anyone else. Trust your heavenly pit crew to see you through.  God wants to help us in every area of our lives but we have to ask for His help which is the easy part.   The challenge comes when we have to let go of the steering wheel of our lives and sit back.  When we learn this, something amazing happens – we see life in a whole new way.

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So trust Him to see you through to the end. As you run your race and I run mine let us make every effort to learn, grow and enjoy the good that is in our lives. When the challenges come just say,” Lord, I know you got this!

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

Have an amazing weekend! 🙂

Never Say Never

Obstacles and challenges come part and parcel with being alive.  I doubt very much that there is anyone on this earth that has great days every single day, free from challenges, obstacles or loss.

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However, there are a few people out there who have learnt and continue to learn the importance of not magnifying their problems by the words they use to describe them.  The key this lies not only our attitudes to our problems but our choice of words.

Some things we might typically say when all seems lost include:

“This debt is just so huge. It would take forever to get out of this.”

“I will never get well.”

I am such a failure.”

I never do anything right.”

“I will never get out of this.”

The statements above give the challenges we’re facing strength and magnify them even more.  When we speak in the “I’m already defeated” language, yes, I made that up :), we’re telling ourselves there’s nothing else we can do – so give up. Don’t even waste time searching, exploring, investigating or trying.

When we speak those words over our lives, they become a verbal expression of the ‘I surrender’ action.  The “I’m already defeated” language should be removed from our vocabulary immediately.

What should we do instead?

  1. Get our lives in alignment with God’s word.  I have found that as I read His word (the Bible) and apply it to my life that my problems, fears and concerns don’t control my thoughts anymore.
  2. Seek Him daily through prayer and worship. I have seen and continue to experience breakthroughs in my life so long as I keep God at the center of all I do.  This practice has brought me a sense of peace that was lacking. I used to be overwhelmed and stressed out because of fear and worry.
  3.  Learn to let go and let God do His thing.  We can only do this when we learn to trust Him. The way we trust the bank to have our money accessible when we use the ATM.  The way we trust our credit cards to have the funds we need when we pull them out to make a purchase. We must be confident in His ability and power to deliver us out of the strongholds we’re in.
  4. Thank God every day for the work He is doing behind the scenes to resolve our problems.  In spite of the situation before us, praise Him. In the midst of the confusion and chaos, praise Him.  He will step in and do for us what we could not do for ourselves. I can testify to that.  He proved my doubters wrong. He can do the same for you.
  5. Starve our doubts. We do this when we speak positivity in our situations even when rain is falling.  Even when the devil whispers that we can’t do it, we praise God anyway for the victory He is bringing our way.
  6. Grow and strengthen our faith. Our faith won’t grow if we don’t nurture it daily.  We can do this by trusting and believing with our everything that God is ALL we need. He is everything and there’s NO one or NO thing greater or bigger than Him.
  7. Lastly, don’t just read the word.  Don’t just hear the word. Live it, Breathe it and Feed your spirit and soul with it daily!

There are many stories in the bible where because of the faith of believers God blessed them.  Their trust and faith in God brought them supernatural blessings and favour. They chose to see God as greater than their situations and that was all God needed to work miracles in their lives. Just a few include:

  • Abraham and Sarah who were in their ninety’s when God gave them a son. (Genesis 17)
  • Daniel a boy who slayed the giant Goliath. (1 Samuel 17)
  • Joshua and the gates of Jericho. (Joshua 6)
  • Moses and the Red Sea crossing. (Exodus 14)

Dear friends, we are never too old, too young or too messed up to be used by God to do anything.  Once, we believe and trust in Him He would open all doors for us. Before I go, I leave you with this piece of scripture from Isaiah 41:10 (NKJV)

Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you,

Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

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

 

Happy One Year Anniversary

Heavenly Father on this beautiful Wednesday morning I want to give You praise for bringing Living vs Existing to this significant milestone. Today as I celebrate my one year anniversary, I will continue to put my trust in YOU for the direction of this blog and my life. I ask You Father, to continue to bless me, my blog, its readers and subscribers so that we are blessed by each posts in some way. I surrender myself  to YOUR influence. 

May Living vs Existing continue to bring enlightenment, encouragement, understanding, joy and hope to all who visit. I leave the success of this blog in Your hands.  All the favour and growth it receives is because of You so thank you. In Jesus name, I pray and give thanks. Amen!

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A special thank you to ALL of my readers and subscribers who continue to visit, support and give encouragement.  You are ALL greatly appreciated and I am blessed to be included in your lives. May we be blessed as we continue to support and lift each other up. 🙂

As we move into the uncertainty of 2018 and beyond, the only thing we can be certain of is that God is GOD today, tomorrow and forever.  He wants us close to Him.  He wants us to know His love is NOT like earthly fickle love.  He wants to rescue us from all the heartache and pain.  He wants us to walk in His favour and confidence sure of WHO He is and who we ARE not who we were.  The only voice to trust is HIS.

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

This day is a great one so go out and enjoy it. 🙂

 

 

 

 

Physical Presence vs Emotional Presence

Thank you Lord for this new day.  Thank you for another opportunity to share and be a blessing to someone’s life today.  Help me deliver this message effectively. In Jesus name. Amen.

Many times I’ve gone through life being physically present without being emotionally present.

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You may ask, what can cause a person to want to separate their emotions from their physical self?

Some situations that could cause someone to want some distance between their physical and emotional self are:

  1. Experiencing constant abuse of any kind be it physical, emotional or sexual.
  2. Experiencing domestic violence.
  3. The pain of losing a loved one is just too much.
  4. Constantly witnessing the abuse of a loved one.
  5. Life just seems to be too difficult.
  6. Constantly trying to please others. Therefore, making their happiness priority over your own happiness.
  7. Fear.

 

Some benefits of this skill include:

  1. The numbness that it provides.
  2. It disconnects you from the moment or experience. Hence, you don’t have to feel anything.
  3. It provides a feeling of security even in the midst of the chaos.
  4. It gives you a sense of control over you.

 

However, some drawbacks of this skill when it becomes your way of life include:

  1. You lose more and more of yourself over time.
  2. You get so accustomed to running away emotionally it becomes difficult to stay present.
  3. Running does not heal the hurt but rather conceals it momentarily.
  4. The numbness that it creates in us over time hardens the parts of us that were meant to know and experience love and life.
  5. It does not make you happy it just numbs you.

 

Over the years I found being physically present and emotionally present for every thing in my life was sometimes too painful and found difficulty coping with them. It took many years but I learnt to control when and where I wanted to feel.  However, as the drawbacks highlighted suggests there was a price.

Like everything in life, there are consequences for everything we do.  Thankfully, with prayer and time, I was able to heal and turn this preservation skill into a powerful tool to ensure my own peace of mind and happiness.

How do we use this skill to our benefit rather our demise?

  1. Talk to someone about what you’re going through.
  2. Some situations require you to leave the environment for the healing in your life, mind and body to take place.
  3. Learn to love yourself again.
  4. Forgive yourself, the person or people who hurt you.
  5. Pray and ask God to help you.
  6. Understand that you CAN and WILL get better but it will take a little time so be PATIENT with yourself.
  7. Remember, God loves you and wants to see you whole again.

 

My Prayer:

Heavenly Father, as I come before You this morning to give You thanks and praise for all that You are doing not only in my life but all those who read and visit my blog. 

I thank you for restoring what was lost.  I thank you for healing the broken places within me.  Thank you for loving me even in my brokenness and imperfections.  Thank you for touching my life and making me whole and one with You.  Thank you that the people who are reading this would be blessed by this post and share it with someone who may really need to read it. 

I know Heavenly Father that Your desire is for us to be happy not sad. Healed and not sick and broken.  Filled with Your joy, peace and a sense of security that comes from knowing You. Let us feel Your love washed over and through us as we read and agree that You are our Lord and Saviour.  Only You can fix the areas of our lives we have struggled with for so long. Give us the strength, wisdom, understanding and courage to DO what we have to do. We let go of our fears and ask for Your intervention and deliverance today.  As the song says, prove the doubters wrong. You are mighty and strong. In Jesus Name we pray, Amen!

It’s time to stop running and start living.  Make today better than yesterday.

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

Wisdom

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Wisdom is knowing that although we may never know everything, we should always seek knowledge and understanding so that we’re smarter than we were yesterday.

My Prayer:

Heavenly Father, thank you for another beautiful day. Thank you for Your favour, grace and mercy in our lives. Thank you that as we go about our daily routines today we don’t  think for one moment that WE are in control. 

Let us not blindly believe that we know ALL there is to know and therefore cannot learn anything new.  Let us not be ignorant. Let us not put limits as to what, who, when or where we can gain wisdom, knowledge and understanding from. 

Help us to be more open to receiving knowledge while granting us understanding, so that we can grow in wisdom. In Jesus Name. Amen.

Have a blessed day.

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

SPEAK The Change You Want To See

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Pleasant Wednesday morning to each of you. 🙂  Today,  I want to talk about something I have been practising lately and the changes it has resulted in not only in my life but that of my family memebers as well.

SPEAK the CHANGE, you want to see around you.

We often hear people refer to “the power of the tongue” and that how we use our words can affect not only our lives positively or negatively but also the lives of others.  Recently, I have been testing this belief and I can say that based on my experience, this is true.

What did I do differently?

I spoke positivity into every situation and on every family member including myself for what I wanted to see happen in their lives. For example: Over my eldest son, I said “You are an obedient and respectful child.  You are going to do exceeding well in your exams. You are intelligent.  You are full of wisdom and understanding.  You are a child of God and you will prosper in ALL that you do. No weapon formed against you shall prosper. In Jesus Name. Amen.”

Every day I said it in my quite time and directly to his face.  I spoke good things into his future despite what his current situation or behaviour would have been and God is doing what only He can do in his life.  Thank you Jesus, for the power of prayer and the power of my words.  

It does not matter what you see before you once you believe with all of your heart that God can fix the things that need fixing and trust Him to do it.  He will!  

So effective immediately, start declaring and decreeing in your mind, to your fears, for your family members lives, your body, your finances, your workplace and your spirit, the future and victory you want and need to see manifested.

Let’s use our words to bless others.  Let our words stir change within ourselves and others for betterment.  Let us encourage and inspire others to be greater than they were yesterday as we speak the same for ourselves also. 🙂

My prayer:

Heavenly Father, let all who read this take from it what You need them to receive so they can equip themselves, take action and speak into existence the healing, restoration, transformation and deliverance from all that is affecting them and their families today.  As we use our faith like never before to give life to the words of our mouths we put our trust in You that victory is coming. In Jesus Name. Amen.

I declare and decree that today we are better than we were yesterday and tomorrow we will be better than we are today.  Today is going to be great! Believe it and receive it. 🙂

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

Be Still

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Hello and welcome back! Glory to God for this new day and opportunity to be better than we were yesterday. May this Tuesday morning find you in good health, peace of mind, body and spirit knowing that you are cared for, loved and special to the Almighty God.

Like any good father or parent, He wants only what is best for us. He wants us to not only experience life but to enjoy it. He wants us to live stress free without worry and concern for all the everyday challenges that come our way.

However, we can only truly enjoy life the way He wants us to by putting our trust and faith solely in Him. Not our jobs, our spouses, our pastors, circumstances or ourselves. The way we trusted our parents to provide all that we needed growing up. The way we trust that the medicine the doctor gave us is going to make us feel better.

The way we visit restaurants trusting that what they have prepared for us is clean and safe to eat. Unlike these previous examples, where we blindly trust these institutions and individuals to do what is best for us. I have learnt that with God as my provider, protector and comforter there are NO limitations as to what He can do for and in me.

So, dear friends as we go about our daily routines let us never forget to trust Him and trust in Him to do ALL that He has promised to do in our lives once we are obedient to His word.

Let us NOT allow the worry of yesterday or the concerns of tomorrow to cause us to miss the blessings that God has already provided for us today.

God knows all of our fears and concerns. He does not need us to be walking around with them in the forefront of our minds all the time. When we do this, we’re too distracted to get the blessings and the messages He is trying to leave us. His word helps us be successful in life.

So, today practice the following:

  • Be still.
  • Trust Him.
  • Trust in Him.
  • Seek Him daily.
  • Let go of all the worry and fear.

The fear and the constant worrying is only going to keep us from focusing on His word. Let us devote time to Him daily so that He can equip us with ALL that we need to know to overcome the obstacles in our lives.

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As always, thank you for making this blog one of your stops in this journey called life. 🙂

Today, is going to be as great as you want it to be!