Learn and Grow
Every season and environment isn't conducive to your growth. Sometimes we become stagnant in life all because we choose to plant ourselves in the wrong place and/or at the wrong time. Timing is truly everything. Take a close look at your life and began to evaluate where you currently are and where you want to be. If there are people or elements in your life affecting your growth and potentially keeping you from walking in your purpose, you need to move them or move you. Always include God in your decision making process.
Often times when we heal from one thing we immediately try and replace it with something or someone....DON'T! Allow life to take it's natural course. Trust, I understand that it won't always be easy and you may feel lonely at times but this is only temporary. Take this time of solitude to reflect on the things that you need to work out within yourself. Peace and love.
Don't just pretend to be okay, but actually be okay. Many I think, find it easier to go through life acting and not receiving financial gain from it. When you find yourself dealing with a situation, you may have in the past dealt with it by not dealing with it at all. Learn to look lifes problems straight in the face. Cry, kick, scream, rationalize, pray but then, get it together. Now is this always an easy process, no. But it is definately worth the time and energy to regain your peace and ascend to the next level. So try it.
The thing that you've been overlooking hoping that it will just resolve itself, begin to face. You'll find that completing an obsticle is so much better than wearing a winners shirt for a race that you never ran. Peace and love.
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The things we like and the things we don't. The people we like and the people we don't. Everyone has a choice when it comes to who they want in their inner circles and who they want to date and so on and so on. But how are we choosing these individuals? Once upon time when I was a little more (a lot more) combative in nature, I surrounded myself with like personalities, but now that I'm older and more mild tempered, I tend to stray from this very personality type which means that I lost a few friends/family members along the way. Majority of the time, there isn't a complete separation from family but time spent together can drastically decrease when lifestyles and personalities conflict.
In essence, it's okay to grow and then outgrow. Whether you choose to keep people in your life who you may have outgrown is totally up to you. The choices that we make are usually predicated on the amount of knowledge that we possess. Assess what you know, pray for wisdom and guidance, and make the best choice for YOU. Blessings.
A Matter of Opinion
Can people in relationships agree to disagree more often in a healthy way? Often time we find ourselves feuding over a matter of opinion, but is the time and energy worth it? Is your point of view so important that everyone has to agree with it or can you still exist peacefully with you on one side of a matter and your partner on the other? When it comes to rearing kids and establishing family principles viewpoints need to line up, but for me, the train can often stop there. Even in relationships, we still need to respect a persons individuality. Most relationships that have endured the test of time will attest to allowing your partner to be who they are freely and without judgement.
In essence, don't expect the one you're with to share every one of your perspectives but learn to appreciate the difference of opinions. You may awaken to a broadened horizon.
Toughing It Out
When life serves you lemons, it's okay to cry like hell and THEN make lemonade. We're often encouraged to be strong by those close to us when we're facing tough times but this advice can be narrow and frankly not very realistic. There's nothing like falling and while you yet lie on the ground, have a group of people yell at you to get up and be strong. Naturally when you fall, you rarely land on a soft surface, you're usually in a complete state of shock, and last but not least, you feel completely exposed which makes it completely acceptable for you to shed a few healthy tears. We've all cried so there is absolutely nothing for you to feel guilty about.
Our tears are a blessing from God. A good cry can lift a heavy burden off of your shoulders in a matter of minutes. It somehow calms you and allows sensibility to appear on the scene and do its work.
So the next time you find yourself experiencing a tough time, allow yourself to feel. If that involves crying, then let the rivers of life flow. The Bible says that God bottles our tears.
Peace and Love
Changing can be one of the most difficult aspects of life. We'd all love traveling this journey, utilizing the excuse that we're 'just this way' and there isn't much that can be done about it. That would definitely be more easy than altering your personality, perspective, and will. Over the past few years I've noticed how much I've changed, from my attitude to my body measurements with one growing in the wrong direction. But the actual results that I can visibly see from changing my attitude took years. Thinking about that particular change caused me to arrive at the realization that change doesn't happen over night. It is truly a process.
So whether you're just now realizing the need to make some changes within your life, please understand that it'll take time and sometimes repeated failure. Me and the scale have been going back in forward for a while now, but I can honestly say that over the years I've incorporated way more natural foods like fruits and vegetables to my diet. So I'm no longer just dieting but actually making some serious lifestyle changes.
In essence, don't be overwhelmingly discouraged when you don't see immediate results. Change sometimes can be a long journey but definitely one worth taking.
Another Day to do Better
We can't always control everything that happens within our day, but we can make provisions for the next one. When we experience disappointments we often internalize them and anticipate for things to go wrong on a daily basis, settling for spurts of goodness. It doesn't have to be this way.
At the end of each day it is important to take some time and reflect on the things that took place in it. If something happened that you're unhappy with and it's in your power to produce a different result, prepare to do that when faced with that particular circumstance again. This will stop a lot of repeating the same bad situations over and over again. We tend to never learn how to deal with our daily issues because we don't take the time out to analyze them. Venting is one thing, but taking the initiative to fix them is another.
So before you go to sleep tonight, meditate a little, read a little, and pray. Many clouds of confusion may be removed. You'll be surprised to know that most problems are solved when it's just you and God.
Thanks for reading.
It's A New Day....Start Fresh
Sometimes in the morning when we first wake up, we immediately begin to dwell on the day before. This can throw off our day in the worse way so instead of dwelling on the pass, choose to use the new sun rising as a fresh new start.
There is a scripture that speaks on remembering not the things of old and I find that to be the best advice when facing regret. So don't slumber in your previous mishaps, but move on and grow from them. Happy Saturday!
Some things you just have to face alone. I know, sounds tough. But certain things need to be toughed out. It's nothing like coming out on the other end of a thing and not owing anyone gratitude but yourself and God. Our dependency has to be less on the people we surround ourselves with and more on our source, our Creator. Outside of what God has already equipped us with to deal with life's matters, he's also made provisions for us through prayer, fasting, and meditation. This is where I'm at at this point in my life. I'm choosing to stay before him with all of my concerns, worries, and stresses. I don't need nor do I desire to reach out to anyone besides the one who created me for guidance. Now that isn't to say that at this time in my life that I'm worried about anything, often times it's just necessary to work on your spiritual connections by disconnecting from everyone and everything else. In other words, I'm disconnecting to stay connected and I'm doing it all with love. Peace
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