STOP PUSHING AND START PULLING

Many times we go through life constantly trying to fix, repair, arrange and change everything and everyone around us.  We’re always PUSHING.  However, when life PUSHES us we naturally PUSH back. The end result is not always in our favour.

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The thing is, the majority of us struggle in this area because we are always trying within our own strength, understanding and wisdom to PUSH and fix, change or manipulate the world around us without once considering improving the world within ourselves first.

As a result, we 9 out of 10 times end up feeling frustrated, depressed, angry, stressed out and unhappy. We will always fail when we try to go after or try to sustain happiness outside of ourselves. So, how do we begin the transformation process needed within ourselves?

I have initiated certain steps in my own life that I use today and WILL use tomorrow and the next day in my journey towards a better me.   Let’s take a look.

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Step One – STOP PUSHING and START PULLING

Acknowledge and recognise that we cannot in our own strength fix ourselves.  We NEED a power greater than ourselves to repair, heal and fix those areas within us that we are unable to fix. That power is called Jesus Christ.  When we stop pushing God away and keeping Him out of our daily lives and start pulling Him closer – something amazing happens. 😉

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Step Two – SEEK FORGIVENESS

Genuinely confess and ask for God for His forgiveness for ALL the wrong we have done with all of our heart.  I believe that when we do this, this opens up the door for God to work miracles and do other wonderful works in our lives.  This process helps lighten the load and weight that so many of us carry with us emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

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Step Three – PRAY AND READ THE BIBLE DAILY

Actively seek God daily through prayer and reading the bible (His word). When we practice this we are building and strengthening our relationship with God as we gain understanding and knowledge of Him.  This takes our lives to a whole other level.  Our eyes, ears and hearts are suddenly open. I would like to refer to this feeling as the “level up or power up through Jesus Christ”.

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Step Four – BE HUNGRY AND THIRSTY FOR GOD AND SEEK HIM DAILY

Talk to God every day because our relationship with Him should not be a Sunday thing or one day a week when we go to church. It should be a conscious daily walk with Him.   Why? The challenges that we faced before accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour would not just disappear overnight.  However, it is through His guidance and grace would we not only see our situations differently but get His divine intervention to bring us through them every single time.  🙂

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Step Five – LET GO, TRUST AND BELIEVE

We can become successful in our areas of ‘discomfort’ if we learn to LET GO of the worry and fear that so often accompanies them.  However, in order for us to do that we must TRUST God’s plan for us and BELIEVE that He would not leave us to suffer or fail.

We can’t simply talk the talk as true believers in Jesus Christ but we must walk the walk

It is our faith and trust in God that opens up the Heavens and allows the favour and blessings of God to flow in our lives.  This is where our success, power and ability to succeed in our circumstances comes from.  We must never forget that.

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In my own journey to become the woman God needs me to be I pray that He continues to transform my life, my heart, my mind and spirit as He takes me to places and new levels I’ve never even dreamed of. Opening doors, creating opportunities and washing my life inside and out with His favour, mercy and grace as I obey His word and place my trust in Him. In Jesus name. Amen.

Don’t take my word for it. Pray and talk to God for yourself and as you humble yourself before Him ask for his guidance in your affairs and thank Him for being apart of your life.  Stop doing things your way, stop depending on anyone else but God for your happiness, deliverance, wisdom, strength, courage, healing, understanding, favour and blessing.  Make this investment in YOU today.

If you have read through this post in its entirety then I believe God has already awoken something deep inside of you but only YOU can let Him in.  If you are already a believer then there may have been something here He needed you to see.  Talk to God today and ask Him to help you BE all He needs you to be.

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

Have a blessed day.

 

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.

 

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.