Hope in a Hopeless Situation

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What is hopelessness?

Hopelessness is that feeling deep down on the inside that tells you:

  • Don’t bother trying anymore!
  • What’s the point anyway!
  • It’s over!
  • You’re all alone!
  • No one cares!
  • Give up!
  • You’re done!

Hopelessness looks at the situations we’ve failed to get ourselves out of and convinces us it is over.  My friends, when we go through life without the knowledge of Jesus Christ, who He is, what He represents and how much He loves us, it is easy to get caught up in feelings of hopelessness.

The truth is, even in what may seem like a hopeless situation with Jesus Christ on our side, there is always the possibility of a favourable outcome.  With Jesus, there is always hope, because there is:

  • No situation too difficult for Him. 
  • No problem too big for Him. 
  • No such thing as impossible for Jesus Christ.

No matter how hopeless your situation may appear today, I want you to know that Jesus wants to help.  He wants to deliver you out of it.   He wants to show up in your life and do great things. Through Jesus, there is deliverance for all those who believe and trust in Him.

The facts:

  1. No matter where we are in our lives right now, Jesus Christ will meet us right where we are to take us where we’re meant to be.
  2. He loves us even though some of us don’t know Him.  His love for us is so great that He came to this world, to die for our sins and rose again so that we can have life and not death. This is true love.
  3. We have a choice to make, life or death?  Once we choose Jesus, we will not only have life but we will have it more abundantly.
  4. We must ask God to forgive our sins and surrender who we were. Choosing to walk in the truth of who we have become as we are now one with Him.

In closing, I leave you with this, hopelessness is a symptom of a deficiency in Jesus Christ.  The only way to cure hopelessness is through reading the word of God daily; meditating in it and applying it to our lives. Believing in it more than what is before your everyday senses of sight, hearing and touch.

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Don’t walk around anymore embracing the lie that hopelessness teaches us instead let us choose to embrace and hold on tightly to : truth, hope and love, that is, Jesus Christ.

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

Have a great day and be blessed. 🙂

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! 🙂

Health and Wellness Fridays: Benefits of Forgiveness

Welcome back to Health and Wellness Fridays! Today we’re going to be looking at the health and wellness benefits of forgiveness.

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What is forgiveness?

Forgiveness, is the action or process of verbally and emotionally releasing yourself or someone from a wrong that was committed.  It compels us to ‘let go’ of what was and make a conscious decision to move forward.

Why is forgiveness important?

Let’s look at this from a biblical standpoint.  Here are two verses that stress the importance of forgiveness:

  • Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord has forgave you. (Colossians 3:13)
  • For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive you your sins.  (Matthew 6: 14-15)

 

What can unforgiveness lead to?

From personal experience, unforgiveness can eat you up from the inside out. It can also promote the following side effects:

  • Feelings of anger and agitation especially whenever the guilty party is in your presence.
  • Have you in a state of emotional bitterness.
  • Leave you feeling upset with the world.
  • Steals your joy and your ability to truly enjoy your life.
  • Increase blood pressure.
  • Increase stress levels.
  • Puts a strain on your heart and mind.
  • Shorten your life span. The constant stressing out  and anger has the potential to trigger other aliments in your body which can make you sick.

 

Some benefits of forgiveness include:

The truth is, the act that brought us to this place of unforgiveness was terrible and unfortunate.  However, the place of existence that it keeps us in if we let it, is much worse.

The message today, is to start the healing process within yourself – no amount of veggie smoothies or lemon water can remove the bitterness trapped in our hearts.  If true health and wellness is what you’re looking for – start from within that secret place.

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Once you have done this difficult and yet so simple act, I believe your life will improve. Your health would improve along with the other areas of your life that unforgiveness has placed a barrier of progress on.

My prayer:

Thank you heavenly Father for Your forgiveness and mercy towards our transgressions against You and our fellow man.  Thank you for loving us through our stubbornness and ignorance.  Thank you that we have life today and another opportunity to make things right within ourselves, the person who may have hurt us and the persons whom we may have hurt along the way.  I trust that as we choose to forgive and let go of ALL the hurt and pain that we held close to our hearts that we will see and feel Your healing touch in our mind, body and spirit. We receive this victory over unforgiveness. In Jesus name, amen!

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

Have a wonderful weekend.

 

 

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.

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!

Music Reflection Mondays : Heart and Happiness

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Beautiful Monday Morning to each of you!

I hope you made time this weekend to rest and enjoy some moments of time for yourselves.

Although my morning has started off cold and rainy I can feel in my heart that today and this week is going to be great not just for me but for ALL of us willing to not only see but receive God’s favour and blessings in our lives.

However, for us to receive God’s blessings in our lives we need to first take a closer look at what’s going on in our hearts.  I’m not referring to what is on the surface but what is deep within us that we often try to hide from ourselves and others.  The ‘real’ us under all the smiles and jokes.  The hurting us, that nobody sees. The longing us, that just wants to know and experience true love and happiness.

Many times we base our happiness on what our eyes can see and what we’ve been told. The truth is the key to happiness lies within our hearts.

With this in mind, my prayer for us today is that God creates within us a clean heart so that we can truly enjoy our lives not limited because of all the hurt, hate, sorrow, sadness and anger that so often consumes us stealing our joy and happiness.

Heavenly Father, we come humbly before You today to thank you for this new day that we are blessed to be a part of. We thank you for Your unwavering support, protection, guidance and mercy in our lives.  We thank you for Your love, grace, strength, wisdom and understanding. 

As we proceed to do ALL we have been called to do today and for the rest of the week we ask that You reveal to us the things within our hearts that are unpleasing to You.  We acknowledge that these feelings have been restricting us from receiving Your FULL blessing and favour in our lives. 

Help us to heal and remove whatever You reveal to us so that we can draw closer to You.  As You break and release us from these emotional constraints on our hearts may we find peace and joy within ourselves as we become the men and women You have called us to BE.  In Jesus name. Amen. 

We ARE BLESSED and HIGHLY FAVOURED.  Don’t you forget it! The sooner we realise and declare this can we experience the wonder that is all around us.  I am pleased to report that the rain has stopped and the birds have all come out to enjoy the brillant sunshine that has come out. 🙂

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

I leave you with these songs that would help lift your spirits as they have mine. Take time to listen to the lyrics. Enjoy.

Wonder by Hillsong United

How Can It Be by Lauren Daigle

O’Lord by Lauren Daigle

One Minute by Mary Mary

 

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.