Health and Wellness Fridays: Importance of Moving Forward

Welcome back to Health and Wellness Fridays!

Today we’re going to be looking at the importance of being able to move forward.

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More often than not, we can sometimes find ourselves getting distracted and discouraged by what we’re not doing right.  It’s normal to be disappointed when we fail or fall short.  However, holding on to the disappointment long after is unhealthy. Other times, we may allow the opinions and views of others to eat away at us resulting in the accumulation of anger, self-doubt, guilt, sadness and sometimes depression.

Constantly holding on to things emotionally can make us sick over time as it could have us feeling stressed out and overwhelmed.  Some symptoms we might suffer from include: constant headaches, loss of appetite, feeling constantly fatigued, some people may over eat to compensate, while others may even experience hair loss.

Not choosing to move forward has a cost.  Peace of mind, happiness and your health.

The thing is, if we’re honest with ourselves, I think we could all agree that there are areas in our lives that we can improve on no matter how physically healthy we may appear to be.  The truth is, we should be more focused on finishing the ‘work’ needed on and in ourselves rather than pointing fingers at each other.  I think if we can do this, then we all would be living healthier, happier lives.

How do we  move forward?

  1. LET GO of negativity.
  2. STOP comparing ourselves to other people.
  3. STOP beating ourselves up about who we are at this stage in our lives.
  4. TAKE responsibility for where we are right now. We got ourselves here but the good news is we CAN get ourselves better.
  5. MAKE the decision for ourselves to do better and STICK with it.
  6. FORGIVE ourselves for our weaknesses while working towards a better, brighter tomorrow.
  7. NEVER accept that our shortcomings or failures define us.  They are merely a manifestation of who we’ve been.  Tomorrow is a new day and we have a say in how we choose to participate in it.
  8. WORK on developing, improving and healing ourselves from the inside out.  Too often we get caught up thinking if I just lose the weight I’ll feel better.  If I just fix this or that about myself maybe I’ll feel better.  Look at the underlying causes or factors that have not been resolved emotionally and seek to address those areas. A flat stomach would make you look great on the beach but your heart would still be breaking inside.
  9. CHANGE our focus.  If we can adjust our thinking from ‘ I’m dieting to lose weight’ toI’m eating my way to a healthier life’ then we would not only maintain the changes we implement but enjoy them.’ It would not happen overnight but with the right attitude anything is possible.

Moving forward can be challenging but it is necessary for peace of mind, growth, your health and overall well-being.  I don’t know what your situations are but trust me moving forward is the only answer to finding happiness.

There are too many people in this world going through life unhappy and stuck in their emotions unable to truly enjoy their lives because they have not been able to move forward.  Take control of your life by taking control of your emotions not masking them but treating with them in a healthy manner.

My Prayer:

Heavenly Father, I come before You tonight to say thank you for another wonderful day.  Thank you that I am able to enjoy the simple pleasures of life that so many of us often take for granted.  Thank you for always providing for me and protecting me.  Thank you for loving me in moments when I don’t love myself.  Thank you for forgiving me for my shortcomings. 

As I go forward in my walk with You daily I pray that You help me to overcome the weak areas in my life that I struggle with.  I ask that You heal the parts of my heart that I try to ignore.  I ask that as I make a conscious effort to live better and be better that You would bring about positive change in my life, mind, body and spirit.  I receive your blessing in my life. In Jesus name. Amen.

Don’t base your happiness on being the ‘ideal’ weight. Your happiness is determined by your attitude towards life and the types of relationships you strive to have with others.

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

Have a wonderful weekend.  See you next week. 🙂

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.

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.

 

 

 

12 Reasons Unhappiness can Linger

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We get up every morning and go through life doing what is expected and required of us most times. 🙂  We go to work, go home, take care of our families, and go to school, do chores and any other thing that we have given ourselves as a task to complete.

Does completion or pursuing these tasks make us happy? 

If we were to remove everything off of our ‘To Do List’ and we had nothing but time – with and for ourselves would we be genuinely happy right now where we are in life at this very moment?

Many of us would probably quietly utter, No.  Not because we don’t love our families or appreciate our jobs but probably because we have unresolved things deep inside of us that we’ve never truly dealt with.

Over the years and many sermons later, I’ve come to learn that unresolved issues create limits to our happiness.  What limits have you set on your happiness? I’ve listed some limits that I allowed in my past to keep me unhappy until I learnt the truth.

Let’s take a look.

  1. We become dependent on other people to make us happy.
  2. We have taken on more than we could handle leaving us with feelings of anger, regret, stress and sometimes even depression.
  3. We’re too focused on our disappointments and failures.
  4. We don’t believe that we can be happy because we believe the stories and the lies that we have heard and lived all these years.
  5. We’ve developed and encouraged a spirit of fear or laziness that has kept us from  evening try.
  6. We’re so caught up in pointing fingers and laying blame that we don’t make time to create our own joy and happiness.
  7. We don’t recognize, understand or appreciate that our ability to be happy  and more importantly sustain happiness resides inside of us.  We keep missing it because we’re focusing on obtaining happiness from entities outside of us.
  8. We allow ourselves to remain mental and emotional prisoners of our past.
  9. We give our mouths and our minds freedom to speak and think negative things that only hold us back and keep us stuck in a pit of unhappiness.
  10. We have accepted unhappiness as our way of life.
  11. We really don’t know how to get out of this bed of unhappiness.
  12. We are merely existing in our lives and not actively living in them.

How did I overcome these?

It was not easy. Happiness is a choice and I had to make that decision daily not to allow anything or anyone from my past, present or future to control or dictate how much joy or happiness I am able to enjoy.

However, before I could get to that point, I had to forgive those people from my past through my words (through prayer and some face to face interaction.  I had to alter and correct my thinking. I had to pray and ask God to cleanse my heart and my spirit before the changes I needed could be activated.  Crucial to this however, was making the conscious decision once and for all to let go those painful experiences in order for me to free myself from the prison I had kept myself in all those years. 

It is an amazing feeling when you choose allow yourself to let go of all the stuff that has had you limited, constricted, angry,  guarded and restricted for so long. 🙂

Now that I’ve listed my top 12 reasons why unhappiness can linger, now what?

Well for starters, we’re going to wake up each morning and put a smile on our faces and in our hearts. Secondly, we’re going to actively seek God through prayer and reading His word, giving thanks for His mercy and favour in our lives.

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We’re going to ask Him to heal what is broken within us.  We going to ask for His strength to move pass the obstacles that we have allowed to keep us prisoners in our own lives.

We’re going to ask Him for the strength to forgive because forgiveness is never easy in the beginning.  We have many reasons why forgiving those people who hurt us would be hard but we have to forgive them to free ourselves from that hurt and pain before we can move forward and experience true happiness.

We’re going to declare victory over every area in our lives we’re struggling with. There’s no limit to what God can do be it: unresolved childhood wounds, financial breakthroughs, challenges in our relationships, issues with our kids, problems at work, issues at school, maybe you’re looking for work,  you have health concerns or just want to improve your relationship with God. Bring them before God!

We have the ability to improve our mental state and happiness but we must be willing to heal the fragile sections of our hearts and in so doing repair the scars that some of our life experiences have gifted us with.

It is a process. There’s no denying that and it requires practice and a shift in our thinking and behaviour. Once done from the heart with God as our guide and comforter – we won’t be the same people we use to be.  

We would have gained peace of mind, clarity, focus, joy, happiness and a sense of freedom that we’ve never had before.  Once freed from those self-imposed prisons we would be able to live and experience life to the fullest.

The only thing I had to be fearful of was remaining the same.  One step, one day, one moment at a time choose happiness – you can’t overcome your battles alone. Whatever our hearts desire all we have to do is ask and trust God to help us overcome them.

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Talk to God, He wants to help. The truth is, He is the only person who can help us obtain and sustain true happiness.

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

 

Health and Wellness Fridays – Create a Happier and Healthier US

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Welcome back to Health and Wellness Fridays!  Today I’m keeping it really simple.  With the upcoming closure of one chapter of our lives to hopefully start another I thought it fitting to write something a little different.

This Health and Wellness Fridays segment was created out of a desire to be a healthier and happier me while sharing the knowledge and information gathered with others in the process.  “Knowledge is power”.  However, what we choose to do with that knowledge is where the real power comes from.

This segment has brought me so much joy and knowledge.  I know from the feedback that I get that it is also appreciated by so many of you and I am truly grateful that you take time to read it.

As we move closer to 2018, I have big plans for my life as do so many of you.   The thing is guys, if we don’t start taking better care of ourselves that is, mental health, physical health and emotional health – how good would any of our plans, hopes and dreams be to us or our families?

Make a proactive decision today starting in 2017 to DO RIGHT by YOURSELF!  Start with small changes or improvements but START.

I don’t have all the answers.  I don’t live a life free from challenges and obstacles.  I’m like many of you, wanting and desiring better but sometimes we let our comfort get in the way – making taking ACTION seem like a lot of work.  Aren’t we worth that investment of effort, time and money?  I believe we ARE worth it and it is time we do more about it.

We don’t need to be anybody’s vision of perfect. We just need to develop and foster within ourselves a passion and love for self that drives us to want and actively pursue a better, stronger and healthier version of ourselves.

From today onward, NO LONGER will we allow self-doubt, fear, negative people, negative thinking, lack of finances and excuses to hold us back from improving various aspects of our health and ultimately our lives.  It’s time to get creative and resourceful to think and work ourselves into a better way of living. 🙂

Make that decision with me today to seriously go after that better and healthier life that we deserve and I have no doubt that happiness will follow.

I wish us all good health, happiness, prosperity and clarity of mind and spirit.

Best wishes to you and your families today, tomorrow and for the New Year 2018. 🙂

As always, thank you for your continued support.

Top 12 tips for a Successful and Productive 2018

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Welcome back!  I trust that your Christmas celebrations went well.  We’ve all opened our gifts, shared a few laughs and got a little time to hopefully reflect on how truly blessed we’ve been in 2017.

As you all know, the approach of the New Year 2018 draws nearer and nearer with each day and this is typically the time when we make ‘promises’ to ourselves and sometimes others about what we’re doing to do differently and what we’re hoping to change.

I propose that we take a different approach to this age-old practice and instead of making promises aka  resolutions let’s make some proactive decisionsThe truth is a promise provides mental comfort but proactive decision-making can provide actual results.

So how are we going to do this?  Let’s take a look.

  1. For starters, let’s not set unrealistic expectations.  It’s not fair to ourselves when we set unrealistic expectations. Do yourself a favour PUSH yourself but don’t BREAK yourself.
  2. List the areas of our lives we want to improve on  be it our health, finances, relationships, jobs, etc.
  3. Make a plan for each area that actively treats with the areas of our lives we want to see blossom or transform.  List step by step how we will go about this transformation.  Example, for health a plan we may consider reviewing our eating habits, getting active through exercise or starting a sport, getting a medical checkup.  This may require doing some research and implementing real change in how we currently care for our bodies.
  4. We have to be willing to do the work to get the results we want.  Change is never easy but it is often necessary for us to improve and foster greater happiness in our lives.
  5. Be your own cheerleader.  Don’t rely solely on the support of others for your success.  You have to want to succeed for yourself.  It is this burning desire that  will push you to succeed even when things around you change.
  6. Stick with the plan. We may get distracted from time to time and may even fall off the wagon completely.  Don’t waste time feeling guilty.  Make a decision from now not a promise that YOU WILL not accept failure this time.  YOU WILL get back on track and make things right not because of a promise you made but rather because YOU ARE worth it!
  7. Distance yourself from negativity – that includes negative people and negative thinking. These are some common elements to failure. Negativity is not cheering for our success the sooner we can see that and take corrective action our lives can turn around for the better.
  8. Be flexible.  We must be willing to adapt to whatever change may occur.  We may meet and exceed our goal likewise we may have to alter or modify certain aspects of it to get the best outcome.  Be open-minded about the process. Nothing is set in stone.  The only unbreakable aspect of this must be our determination to see this through. 🙂
  9. Believe in yourself and your ability to do this.
  10. Don’t allow your fears to keep you stuck in the past.  In 2018, take those fears and use them as fuel for your success.
  11. Acknowledge your achievements no matter how small and reward yourself for a job well done.
  12. Lastly, never give up! For when we do, we truly fail.

A special thank you to each of you who read and support my blog. May 2018 bring us fresh ideas, clarity of mind and spirit, prosperity, joy, love, good health and happiness. May wisdom and understanding never be a stranger in our lives.

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Thank you for stopping by.  Have a wonderful week and bright New Year! 🙂