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.

 

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.

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.

 

 

 

Check Your Alignment

Heavenly Father as I get ready to share this post guide and direct my words, help me deliver this post in a manner that would benefit all who read it.  Help us align ourselves to Your will and not our own so that we can see and experience the breakthroughs we so desperately need in our lives today. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen!

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Alignment speaks to the positioning or lining up of something.

In life many times when things or life does not go our way it could throw off our alignment.  However, more often than not I have noticed that it was my lack of alignment in the first place that got me into some of the situations I found myself in.

Take a look at some examples of my own situations and how lack of alignment affected my life.

  • My lack of respect and value for money lead me to misuse and abuse the money I had that behaviour and lack of discipline resulted in me acquiring large debt.
  • My lack of self-control and discipline saw me over indulging in unhealthy eating habits that resulted in an unhealthy and unhappy me.
  • My desire to find happiness everywhere else but within me and through God found me in unhealthy relationships and situations that did me more harm than good.
  • My lack of gratitude and appreciation for the small things in my life caused me to miss those blessings when they were gone.
  • My unwillingness to forgive myself and others kept me stuck in a cycle of unhappiness for a long time. This type of existence left me feeling alone, ashamed, regretful, angry, resentful and sad. I would portray a smile to the world but inside I was lost and hurting.
  • I would feel compelled to go to church sometimes but I would not go.
  • I would sometimes give the opinions, thoughts and perspectives of others more weight than my own thoughts or beliefs.  I soon learnt that when in doubt I should turn to God not man.
  • The words of defeat and negativity that I would have thought and spoken over my life became my reality because through my own thoughts and words I gave that possibility life.

I’ve shared experiences to highlight how our actions and sometimes our inaction could affect our alignment.  This lack of alignment can negatively affect our joy, happiness, peace of mind, relationships, health, business, families, success, behaviour, and spirit.

There is a tug- of- war over control for alignment that goes on inside of each of us daily.  To regain control of our lives and correct our alignment of mind, body and spirit we have to pray and put our trust in God daily.  It is not a one off-thing.

Take stock today, look at the various areas of your life, your thoughts, your words that you speak over yourself and others, your heart (is it filled with unforgiveness, resentment and anger) all of these areas affect your alignment in life and with God.

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We would not put a seed into an empty box then place it in the refrigerator and expect it to blossom into a tree and bear fruit.  Through the knowledge, wisdom and understanding of how seeds grow we know we must place it in nutrient rich soil, water it and make sure it gets sunlight for it grow.

We are like seeds planted here on earth and if we are to become the magnificent trees God has planted in our souls then we must align ourselves to get ALL that we need so that we can blossom here on earth.

Seek His face, His power, His forgiveness, His strength, His understanding, His wisdom, His courage, His mercy, His favour, His healing and His alignment to get yourself positioned where you need to be in your life.

Am I where I need to be? I’ll let you know when I get there. 🙂 Everyday I choose to submit to God’s will and my own I get nearer and nearer.  I can feel and trust that God is aligning me and positioning me to be exactly where He needs me to be. I am continually praising Him and asking Him to align my heart, body and soul so that I am where and who He needs me to become.

Thank you Lord for using me today.  Let this post be a blessing to all who read.

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

 

Music Reflection – No More Tears

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Hello and Welcome back to “Music Reflection Mondays” unfortunately, I was too exhausted to post this yesterday hence I adjusted the title to post it today.  I hope that all is well with each of you.

Today, I would like to highlight some songs that helped me get through some tough moments in my life that I didn’t think I would get over but I have. 🙂 For those of you wondering if this post was triggered by a recent incident have no worries it wasn’t. I’m happy to report that all is well. 🙂

I was in the car listening to the radio when a couple of songs were played that took me back and they made me feel all sorts of emotions sad, happy and grateful all at the same time.   It was in these moments of reflection that made me realize just how much music has been a part of my life.

Some of the music gave me strength when I was weak, courage when I was afraid and comfort when I sad.   I can truly say that listening to the words of some of those songs helped speed up my healing process.

The music for me was never used to forget what happened but rather help me move past it.  If you listen to the right kind of music maybe, just maybe it can do the same for you too.

Some of my favourites old and new included:

My list can go on and on but I won’t. 🙂 Music feeds the soul and has the potential to  soothe the heart and mind as well.  Don’t let the pressures of life keep you down.  We’re all going through something so don’t give up, keep moving.

Have a wonderful night and a blessed.

We’re so much more…

A special Good Monday morning to each of you!  🙂 I just wanted to share these words of encouragement as we start a new day and a fresh week.  It is easy to forget just how special and amazing we are and can be because we sometimes let life and its challenges get the better of us.  I pray and ask God to let these words be a reminder for each of us as take away from this post what we need as we read it.

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We’re so much more than our flesh and bones 

We love, we laugh, we cry, we hurt

We learn, we grow and are always eager to know

Because we’re more than just our flesh and bones.

We’re intelligent, creative and beautiful creatures

Filled with passion and one of a kind features

Sometimes drawn to the illusion that we’re not enough

Causes constant confusion but as we try to separate fact from fiction

 

As our minds begin to clear and we can finally hear 

Just how rare and special we are

No one quite like us near or far

Each created with purpose and all we need do is focus

Because we’re more than just flesh and bones.

We’re like miniature kings and queens placed on this Earth

Gifted with unique talents and mind-blowing intellect

Over flowing with creativity but sometimes too blinded by ourselves to see

 

We are more than simply you and me

We just have to open up our minds to see

That we are so much more but we must be willing to explore

Because we’re more than just flesh and bones.

 

Thank you for stopping by.  Have a wonderful Monday and an amazing week.  🙂

Growth

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Growth is more than a physical transformation.

It speaks to the spiritual and intellectual components that make up who we are as individuals.

Don’t be afraid to grow, to stretch yourself, to leave your comfort zone and to challenge yourself because when you do – you encourage and foster a learning environment that results in growth of mind, body and spirit.

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May each day be one gifted with knowledge, wisdom and growth.

Thank you for stopping by.  Enjoy the rest of your day.