Music Reflection Mondays: First

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Pleasant Monday Greetings to each of you! I hope that your weekend was all you needed it to be.  If not, still be grateful for what you were able to achieve. By God’s grace we still have today and God willing tomorrow. Don’t stay hung up on what did not go right. Focus on how much better you can try to make it tomorrow. 🙂

Today, I want to share with you one of the songs I love from the very talented singer and song-writer Lauren Daigle. Her music falls under the genre Contemporary Christian music.

Although I’ve only recently discovered her it is clear to me that I have been missing out.  I have just been enjoying her music, the lyrics of her songs and her voice.  The song I’m introducing to you guys today is called “First“.   I find it to be a very powerful and beautiful song. Listen to it.

 

 

This song reminds me of how important it is to seek a real relationship with God and not just turn to Him with my lists of wants and needs.

Here are some of the lyrics below.

“Before I bring my need, I will bring my heart

Before I lift my cares, I will lift my arms

I wanna know you, I wanna find you

In every season, In every moment

Before I bring my need, I will bring my heart

And seek you – FIRST”

Should you decide to listen it. I pray that the words resonate deep within you leaving you wiser than you were before. Bringing you better understanding in how we should approach God.

Seek His guidance in all you do. As we all go forth into this new week may God’s protection, favour and wisdom light the way before us. In Jesus name, Amen!

Have a blessed week.

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

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! 🙂

Music Reflection Mondays: Soul Piercing

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Welcome back to Music Reflection Mondays!

Today, let’s look at what I like to call “Soul Piercing Music”.

What do I consider “soul piercing” music?

  • It’s the kind of music that touches you so deep inside that you find yourself crying.
  • It’s the kind of music that can get you so emotional you’re on the verge of tears.
  • The kind of music that compels you to take a good look at your life unearthing feelings you didn’t even realize you had.
  • The kind of music that leaves you wondering, ‘What was I crying about anyway?’
  • This kind of music can touch you in a way like no other. It has the power to heal a broken heart.
  • It makes you think.
  • It makes you feel.

Here are some of my favourites.

Let Your Power Fall – Deon Kipping

I Am Yours – Lauren Daigle

Hosanna – Hillsong

The Prayer – Donnie Mc Clurkin & Yolanda Adams

First – Lauren Daigle

I Give You My Heart – Hillsong featuring Holly Dawson

Broken Vessels – Hillsong United

Do you have any songs that touch you in that way?  Please feel free to share some with me below. I would love to add more to my playlist.

Never underestimate the power of music in your life.  The right lyrics, listened to at the right time, in the right place, among the right people could change your life.

So make an effort to listen to the words and allow them to flow in and through you and tell me if they don’t make you think about your life and how blessed and fortunate you really are.

Every day has the potential to be as good as YOU want it to be.  It could be as simple as creating a music playlist to start your day or end your day; to changing or adding to your current music selection. 🙂  Whatever you decide, don’t be afraid to try something new! Get something that makes you smile, sing, dance and get happy. 🙂

Be blessed.

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

 

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. 🙂

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 Fridays – 2018 with a Difference

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Welcome back to Health and Wellness Fridays!  

To start the New Year off right I must first thank God for blessing me to see another year.  Thank you Heavenly Father for already equipping me with the strength, patience, wisdom, understanding, knowledge and discipline needed to be successful in all that I’ve set out to do and may it all be pleasing to you.  In Jesus name I pray and give thanks. Amen!  🙂

Today, I would like to set the tone for the next few months as it relates to improving my health and overall well-being.  It is my hope that you will find these points useful as you chart your own course towards a healthier and happier you.

Here are some points that I have decided to pay special attention to as I put 2018 into perspective especially as it relates to the way forward for my overall health and wellness and ultimately my life.

Health and wellness is a process and therefore that means through our actions and decisions – we are living this conscious choice daily. 

How do I go about doing that?

  1. Understanding that being a healthier me starts from within and looks at not only how I treat and care for my body but my mind and spirit as well.  It is a holistic approach to living that I never truly understood or appreciated until now.
  2. Health and wellness does not speak to only what’s going on inside of me but in my environment as well.  It includes the people in my life and all the other factors that directly and indirectly have an impact on my well-being.
  3. Taking responsibility for what I’m doing and not doing to make my life better.
  4. Taking immediate action towards improving the areas I’m weak in or struggle with.
  5. Recognizing that I am human and therefore I will not execute every single day without errors, weaknesses or setbacks and that’s okay.
  6. Not giving up on myself or my desire to become a healthier and happier me. 🙂
  7. Accepting and believing that I am truly worth it.

 

Why would 2018 be any different from any other year?

  1. In God I’ll put my trust and faith and call on Him when I feel weak and praise His name when I feel strong. This point is first for reason.  Start each day by talking and praying to God.  He will give you the strength to do the impossible.
  2. I AM worth the sacrifice, time, effort, love, joy and happiness that this year can bring.  If I open up myself to receive and go after it.
  3. I AM worth the temporary discomfort that changing and breaking old habits would bring.
  4. I understand that MY betterment WILL only come if I work towards it.
  5. I AM mentally preparing my mind, body and spirit to DO the work that only I can do.
  6. I know that I am NOT the only person in the world struggling with something.
  7. It IS my time to get up and do MORE to improve my own life.
  8. My success has always been mine for the taking!

Whatever we desire for our health and overall well-being for 2018 and beyond WE must be prepared to make some changes and some of that change MUST start within us.  If, we are to be successful in achieving our goals for better and happier lives we must do the work that is needed at our very CORE.  There is no escaping it.

For it is our fears, self-doubt, negativity, skepticism, laziness and sometimes our willingness to just settle right where we are that has kept us exactly where we are.  2018 will be different because WE WILL make it different. One day and one step at a time.

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

Have a wonderful weekend. 🙂

Never Too Late

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No matter how many times you’ve failed before.  No matter how many times you’ve talked yourself out of your own success.  No matter how many times others have tried to block or hinder your progress.    It’s never too late to turn your life around.

Let us be like a waterfall constantly moving and flowing never stagnant.  Only in this motion would we continue to grow.

Fear, self-doubt and negativity can have us feeling like there is no hope for a brighter tomorrow.   Don’t sit by any longer accepting that is just how it is or how it is going to be.  Reject those feelings and thoughts.

  • Look around you, see and BELIEVE that you CAN be MORE than who you SEE in the mirror.
  • You ARE more than what people SAY about you.
  • If you look deep within yourself, I am sure you CAN almost FEEL in your CORE that you ARE so much more.

Aren’t you curious to find out just how special and amazing you are? 🙂   The contribution YOU have to make in this world is important! Stop denying yourself the opportunity to uncover the real you or your purpose.  Don’t deny the world of your giftIt’s never too late.

Get up and go after your passion or your dream.  Marching in one place will get us nowhere.  Step by step, one day at a time we WILL overcome our challenges and discover who we ARE meant to BE and what we are here to DO.

Some people leave this world never learning what their purpose was in life, never achieving or pursuing their passion.  I don’t want to leave this world without positively impacting the lives of those I’m fortunate to reach.  I don’t want to pass through this world like a flash of light but rather leave behind memories and words that shine brighter than the sun.

Existing in this world is not enough, it is time to start living in it.  It’s never too late.

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