Sunday, October 9, 2016

Got A Second Chance?

So often we have a tendency to dwell on the past as though we can change what we did, what we didn't do, or what we should have done with our thoughts. This repetitive cycle can be tormenting especially if you're carrying guilt about how you treated someone or how someone treated you. While the Bible does tells us to forgive those who have trepassed against us (Matthew 6:14), it's not always easy to do especially if the people who have harmed you, see your struggle and refuse to acknowledge their wrong doing. I realized that the struggle within to let go of pain that keeps us from growing is linked to our analysis of personal progress.

This personal progress could be related to a relationship, financial goals, or physical well-being. Whatever the matter is that you struggle with, your progress has not been solely tied to the obstacle that detoured, delayed, or distracted you from reaching your goal. You might think that is and it may be just a little, but read on.

Interruptions are not all bad because when you have to wait, you have time to think. There are some things you can only learn in the waiting process. You have time to reflect not only on the things that happened to you but on things you know you must change about you. A lot of times we only want to focus on what's wrong with everyone else, but rarely do we think that some things about us need to be changed. There are destructive habits, bad attitudes, and pious mindsets that we tend to possess that hinder our growth.  It is only when we go through difficult circumstances for a considerable amount of time, that we have the opportunity to acknowledge areas in our lives that need improvement. It may even take you awhile to admit change is needed because you may be consumed with participating in prayer sessions that are primarily focused on petitioning God for things you need, think you need, or feel you can't live without.

However, it is through the waiting period that our frustration for immediate satisfaction begins to turn into patience. James 1:2-4 says ... "My brethern, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing."

After reading these verses, you may think that there is nothing joyful about challenges you have no control over. On the contrary when you look deeply into the context, you can derive a greater lesson which informs us that it's not necessarily the good feeling that exists in the midst of trials, but it's the changing of our mindset. For example, if you think about a situation you recently went through or something in the past you thought you could not survive, you may not have been as generous, kind, or compassionate prior to the situation. After the situation subsided, you most likely recognized how you started to think about meeting the needs of others before focusing on your own needs.

That's the perfecting and wanting nothing revelation. It's not that we will do everything perfectly, but that we will respond to the situations of life in a mature way rather than responding in a childlike manner. David said in Psalm 101:2 says ... "I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart." This verse reveals David's decision to behave right. Every situation may not be the type you chose to deal with, but you can make a sincere effort to respond right regardless of the outcome.

If you have been given a second chance to live after a catastrophic event or other difficult situations, use your time wisely to focus on the reason why you were given another chance to live. Are you suppose to be a community activist, humanitarian, healthcare professional, artist, or musician? If not, what? Take time to reflect on those things that drive you beyond yourself, things that won't let you rest until you've started working on the project or complete it if you stopped.

You'll find that as you begin to create, build, and develop the work you've been called to do, all of the lessons you've learned and the character adjustments that have occurred will be manifested in the manner God intended for you to reflect. You may think that your success is linked to something or someone in your past, but you can limit your success based on your perception that the person or thing you depended on was the ultimate source that would yield your blessing. God has other channels by which you can become the best person you can be and provide the resources you need to accomplish the goal.




Sunday, September 18, 2016

When the Chaos Clears

You’re probably familiar with the phrase “When the smoke clears” which means as according to UsingEnglish.com … “A way to say when everything’s finished and the results are seen.” This can relate to anything you’re working on or anything that will be demolished. Sometimes in life it’s easy to get distracted by what seems to be a lack of progress. The redundant tasks become boring and the increased responsibilities become taxing. Overtime, if you’re not cognizant of the work you’ve done, you will become discouraged especially if you’re looking at others who are progressing at a higher level. You can also become dissatisfied with yourself if those closest to you are not recognizing your sacrifices or achievements. While these presumptions can be easy to succumb to, there is a way that you can evaluate your progress without feeling like you’re a failure.

Go Back in Time

You can begin this step by thinking about the goals you set five or ten years ago then ask yourself these questions: 1) Is the project finished?, and 2) Where’s the evidence? If you do not have any concrete evidence of your accomplishment, then maybe it’s time for you to revisit the project where you left off or begin the project. However, if you have completed a degree program, and you have the certificate in a portfolio, you’re making progress. If you’ve cleared out a portion of your home where there was an abundance of things, you’re making progress. Finally, if you’ve paid several bills off or saved a significant portion of your income, you’re making progress. You may not be where you want to be in life, but if you’ve made some effort to move forward in some way and can actually see that you are further ahead than you were after you made the decision to make a change, you’re making progress.

John 10:10 says … “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” This verse can refer to anything that is important to you including your perception of yourself. If you’re not getting the recognition or appreciation you feel you deserve, you can begin to recognize and appreciate yourself. You don’t have to wait on anyone to set goals, and you don’t have to wait for anyone to appreciate you. Encouragement begins within. You have a mouth, and you can use it to congratulate yourself. Recognize yourself starting today by smiling in the mirror and pat yourself on the shoulder.

You may be a little behind than you’d like to be in life, but each day you have the opportunity to live, make an effort to shift your thinking from failure to achiever. Your life may be hectic with a busy schedule, but when the chaos clears, you will be able to see the rewards of your diligent work. Stay in the race and try to resist negative thoughts about yourself. If you need a little help, A Summons for Champion Strength has a Daily Scripture Fitness Plan that can keep you encouraged.

References

https://www.usingenglish.com/reference/idioms/when+the+dust+clears.html

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Value Your Assets While You Still Have Time

Our nation was built on hard work and throughout this journey of developing our nation's infrastructure, a lot of emphasis has been placed on the importance of acquiring assets specifically tangible assets. While the acquisition of material things are a symbol of hard work and discipline, a significant amount of emphasis has not been placed on valuing relationships. While social media has provided pathways by which we can connect with one another instantly, all too often many of us miss opportunities to show people genuine love.

Time Regretted  

Recently, I was thinking about my friend Ronnie who I attended college with over 20 years ago. When I first saw him, I was immediately captivated by him. He was tall, handsome, and popular. When we met each other, he expressed his interest in getting to know me better. We kept in contact briefly, but never dated. Despite our failed attempts to develop a relationship due to our busy schedules and preoccupation with other dating relationships, we remained on good terms.

After transferring back to Michigan to continue my college education, he kept in contact with me over the following years to let me know that he was still thinking about me. When he first contacted me, I was shocked because I did not think I was that important to him because of our non-dating status and his popularity. However, he informed me that I was still at the forefront of his mind. Even after he told me this, I still devalued my worth to him because I thought he was joking. Although we had both moved on in different directions, it was nice to know that he did not forget about me even though we had not seen each other in years.

The last time he contacted me, he informed me that he would be coming to Michigan to visit his grandparents and asked if he could call me when he arrived. I agreed and anticipated his call, but he didn't call. Two and a half months later, I was informed that he had died suddenly from a massive heart attack. He was 29 years old. What seemed to be a routine friend welfare check call, turned out to be the last conversation I had with him. Ironically prior to his death, I had a dream about him walking toward a graveyard and looking up. Although I could not have predicted his death literally, I certainly wished that I could have spoken to him before his died, got to know him a little better, and prayed for him if I knew about his struggles. It's been over 15 years since that last phone call, and I still think about it as if it were yesterday. I cannot trace any online remnants of him because social media was not as prominent back then as it is now.

I also had this experience with two of my cousins who are now deceased. My cousin Ericka battled kidney failure for several years without my knowledge and when she died at age 36, it was a sudden shock for me. Again, I wished I had contacted her more frequently than I did, and I wished that she had contacted me as well to let me know about her struggles. When I had a dream about her being sick, it was too late, she had already passed. The same situation occurred with her older brother Jerome a few years later. If I had known about his ailments, I certainly would have made an effort to show him how much I cared.

These three people make me wonder how are they doing on the other side. It's been a long time, more than 15 years for Ronnie, eight for Ericka, and five for Jerome. I often wonder how much progress they would have made in their lives and if they would be happy. Ericka graduated from undergraduate school about a year or two before her demise, and Ronnie lived out his desire to live in Texas as he expressed so many times as being one of his goals. I wasn't as close to Jerome as I would have liked to have been, but I am sure that his desire for a better life was equally attainable before he made his transition.

Before Night Falls

Ephesians 5:16 says ... "Redeeming the time, because the days are evil."

Time is fleeting and the time we spend with others is more valuable than you think. I was very fortunate to survive a near fatal car accident eight years ago, a few months after my cousin Erika died. What seemed to be an average errand I was running for my mother turned out to be a life altering event that did not change overnight. Although the days and years that followed the accident were a battle I never thought I would have to contend with, I am grateful that I am still alive to contribute to society in a positive way.

Life is an asset that should not be taken for granted. You may be dealing with some type of conflict between your loved ones or friends, but I have found that you are only responsible for how you act and respond to others. Although we have ideals of how we want relationships to work, the only way you can make life better is to be the best person you can be. One thing I value the most in people is authencity. It's what I aim to live out each time I extend help or befriend someone. Life is too short to stay involved in messy relationships. Sort out the differences you have with each other, and if the other person does not want to agree to relationship repair, make an effort to always leave their presence with authencity. After they have settled down, he or she should be able to think about the time you spent together as one in which you gave them the best love, your attention, and service as opposed to leaving them hurt or devastated because of your words or actions.

Jesus said in Matthew 5:25 ... "Agree with thine adversary quickly," I have dealt with a conflicting relationship for quite some time, and when the conflict began, I thought I had to be right or attempt to change the other person's mindset. As time passed, and I had dealt with challenges of overcoming injuries from the car accident, I have been able to identify what's really important and what's not. My mother commented to me one day "I don't see how you can remain so calm" referring to this situation that I've been dealing with for more than a decade. I informed her that I enjoy peace and being headache free. It's not so much that the person has changed, but I have changed. Once I realized that the other person was determined not to change regarding a certain matter, I became mentally free. I accepted what this person told me he was not going to do and his actions of committing to his declaration. All I can do is my part in making the situation as peaceful as possible because I'm more concerned about my eternal outcome. A lot of people are dealing with health issues they don't have to deal with because they won't free themselves of trying to make people change.

A Call for Change

If you have caused significant damage in your relationships, it's not too late to amend your ways. Each day you have the opportunity to live, it should be a day in which you strive to change your language and actions. If you have lost loved ones and your relationships were not on good terms, value the loved ones or friends you have left.

Matthew 25:13 says ... "Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh." Jesus may not return as soon or later as you think, but your demise may arrive when you least expected. Our society thrives on capitalism in order to function properly, however, we don't need to focus on capitalism to the point where we pretend to love others just to get what we want. Material assets are good to have, but material assets don't make you a quality person. You can't put a price tag on high quality character. People are generally remembered for their deeds whether good or bad not necessarily for their possessions which will be acquired by someone else to squander. Make an effort to enjoy life wholeheartedly knowing that you have done your best to please God and influence others to do the same.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Are You Guilty of Using Subconscious Comparison Guidelines?

II Corinthians 10:12 says For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

Do you constantly find yourself comparing yourself with others who may be more successful than you? I've been guilty of this measurement process quite often. You may have struggled with your weight, hair, or creating the perfect style. Perhaps you've had challenges with trying to duplicate speaking, acting, or walking a certain way only to discover that whoever you were comparing yourself with also had flaws and their way of being just didn't work for you. 

The comparative analysis process does offer some benefits because we should never think that we are everything we should be and that there is no need for improvement especially when there are mentors in various sectors of society that can help us hone our skills and image presentation. However, comparing ourselves in an obsessive manner can prove to be detrimental to our well-being. By this, I mean you end up wasting time and energy trying to get everything right or perfect to gain other people's approval only to find out that they may not care as much about you as you care about them.

I'm sure you've heard the phrase "Keeping up with the Joneses," and you may have found yourself doing this without realizing how you have missed the mark. Your friends and family members may have told you and you dismissed their suggestions to change. As time passed, you may have realized that they were right, and now you don't know how to be yourself. On the other hand, you may not feel comfortable with yourself because of the negative words that were spoken to you when you were a child, while you were in an unsupportive marriage, work-related, or personal relationship. Oftentimes, we have the tendency to carry negative words with us longer than positive words. When we choose this route, we turn within and become focused on superficial aspects of ourselves which God never intended us to do.

Despite how much time you've wasted in following or mimicing those who are distinctly opposite of the image or calling God wants you to display and live out, it's not to late to change.  If you’re having a hard time accepting who you are and what you have to offer, here’s an opportunity to discover effective techniques you can use to overcome shame based and comparative behavior. Dr. Brene Brown has an audiobook that addresses alternatives you can use to resist feeling unworthy by focusing on the joys of your life.

Although God created everyone in his image, he created you with a unique persona. If you're struggling with the idea that you're unique, just think about all the people who are missing out on receiving your love, words of encouragement, help with daily activities, and presence because you're too busy chasing and supporting other people's success or dreams. Let's make today the beginning of embracing your worthiness. Make time to develop the gift or talent God gave you. 

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Building Wealth Through Health

People are often preoccupied with seeking new ways to generate more money. This is due to the rising costs of living and a desire to live without financial stress. You may be looking for a second job or want to invest in a business that will create residual income. These methods are effective and should be pursued to meet your financial goals. However, you may be neglecting your health while you're on the road to a higher financial status. Whatever your goal is, it is important to be able to present yourself in a whole state versus a partial state. What I mean by this is that if you don’t adjust your schedule to accommodate the acquisition of sufficient sleep, exercise, and the consumption of healthy food, you will not be able to enjoy your life.

You may have the money to buy any type of food you want, but if you don’t select the right foods, your eating will be in vain. You may think that wealth solely pertains to the accumulation of cash, bonds, stocks, real estate, and other investments that can yield high monetary value, but if your health is deteriorating, you will eventually have to use these assets to pay for various medical services to manage chronic illnesses. If you want to avoid using all of your savings for extensive and expensive medical care, there are a few proactive steps you can take to lower the risks of acquiring many of the conditions that are known to contribute to shortening your lifespan.

Although this advice is based on my perspective, experience, and other authoritative medical sources, you should consult with your primary care physician to get approval for the consumption of a particular food, supplement, or your participation in an exercise regimen. You don’t want to risk overexerting yourself or increase or decrease a vital level because you exceeded an amount of a food or supplement that your body cannot handle.

Building monetary wealth takes time because long work periods are involved, but as time goes on, the increased savings amount indicates that your hard work truly pays for itself. The same process should be applied to improving your health. So many people think that they can eat anyway they want for decades and then achieve miraculous results overnight because of a pill. However, the key to improving and sustaining long term health is consistency. If purposely applied over months and years, your body will become accustomed to good food and will begin to crave what your body has needed for a long time.

About a year and a half ago, I decided to get an annual physical which I had neglected for quite some time. I thought my exam would yield positive results because I ate a salad every day, and took a multivitamin. However, prior to my exam, I had been feeling sluggish and beat down. I knew that I suffered from anemia which I was diagnosed at age 19. I made sure that I maintained my iron levels significantly since the diagnosis. However, prior to my exam, I slacked off because I was in the process of finding a vitamin that did not contain synthetic chemicals. I thought I was doing good, but I just couldn’t shake the tired feeling.

The day following my exam, I received a call from my physician informing me that my hemoglobin was extremely low and that I should go to the closest emergency room as soon as possible to have my hemoglobin checked. If the test results indicated that my hemoglobin was below a certain point, I would have had to receive a blood transfusion. Luckily it had elevated by one point since my exam, and I was sent home with a prescription for iron pills. That crisis was a wakeup call for me because I was consumed with making sure other things got taken care of before I took care of myself.

My doctor told me that I had been feeling the way I had been for so long that I thought it was normal.  Since that exam, unexpected call from my physician, and the ER visit, I have made every effort to learn more about the types of food I should eat and which supplements aid in improving my iron stores. Doctors are good for evaluating and giving us diagnoses, but we have to be assertive about attaining optimal health and not just monetary wealth.

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This tea is all natural and contains nine herbs which work to cleanse the intestines. If consumed according to the recommended instructions, you should be able to achieve your weight loss and digestive goals. If you would like to learn more about this product, please see product information and contact Katrina Showers at http://www.totallifechanges.com/katrinas.

The purchase of healthy food and supplements may cost more than average products, but the money you will save when you don’t have to pay for expensive medications and medical services will be realized when you have met your financial goals without major interruptions. III John 1:2 says Beloved I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospereth. When you take time to educate yourself about various nutrients and supplements that will improve your health, you can make the best decision about which products may work for you and begin to set goals that will lengthen your lifespan.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

The Restructuring Process

Discovering your life's purpose can be difficult. As humans, we're so inundated with societal systems and other people's expections. We're worried about what will they think if I do this? How am I going to look or be perceived if I say that? The list goes on and on. Throughout Bible history, there were times when individuals we admire in the literary sense had apprehensions about what others would think about them. For example, Moses was self-conscious about his speech lisp when he was called on assignment by God to deliver the children of Israel (Exodus 4:10). Jeremiah was encouraged by God to shift his focus from the fact that his was a young prophet, but wanted him to be courageous in delivering God's message (Jeremiah 1:7).

All of us have things about us that can be a personal hindrance despite our gifts and callings. You may not have been born in an ideal family union, or perhaps you were, but you have some physical issues you struggle with because you were bullied when you were young. Your financial status might be embarrassing because you've been laid off,  or you're dealing with a chronic illness that prevents you from generating income, and other people know about your crisis. Your marriage may be on the verge of sinking, or you're worried about your children. Whatever your personal struggle is, God knows and understands what you're going through. However, your ability to complete your God-given assignment is not based on being perfect. Your experiences or shortcomings actually empower you for your calling. Paul said in II Corinthians 12:9 that ... "My strength is made perfect in weakness." What this means is that when you say yes to God's assignment for your life, he will give you the grace to complete it. God told Jeremiah 1:7 ... "Thou shalt go to all that I send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak."

Your struggles are also created as development tools to equip you for your assignment. When you think about tools, these instruments are made of hard material such as steel. A screwdriver is meant to fasten one thing to another. A wrench's purpose is to tighten bolts that hold materials together. A saw is meant to divide parts that will be used for other purposes. A drill is meant to make holes for screws and bolts to be united together. The same process can be seen in the restructuring process of our lives. Sometimes God allows hard circumstances to manifest in our lives to hold us together or divide relationships that are no longer beneficial to us in order to make room for other relationships and opportunities to form for the next phase of our lives.

If you think about furniture and buildings, over the course of time, parts will become loosen making the once admired structures look unattractive. Since God is the potter in your life (Jeremiah 18:1-6), will you allow Him to continue the restructuring process so that he can change your focus, refine your character, cleanse your wounds, improve your speech, and use you as a vessel that others can look to for guidance?


Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Spiritual Strength Training

Sometimes life’s problems can cause us to become lethargic just like the continuous consumption of junk food. When you don’t get enough of the right foods, your body will definitely let you know that you ate the wrong food or need to increase your daily intake of healthy food if you’re already health conscious.

Many people spend time in the gym working out to gain their desired physique. A rigorous gym exercise routine and a healthy diet will typically help you achieve your goal if you’re dedicated to your program. While this is a good route to take when you want to look your best physically, your mind also needs a little strengthening to help you stay focused on your goals.

If you need a boost of mental strength, but don’t have time to search the Bible extensively, here are a few verses outlined in the A Summons for Champion Strength book. These verses will help recharge your thinking and get you motivated to handle your life challenges successfully. Just as a strong body helps you ward off many illnesses and speeds up the recovery process if you’ve been injured, a spiritual mental workout can help ward off negative thoughts about yourself or your situations. You may not be able to change your work or home environment, but you can change your mindset. It’s easy to get distracted by various obstacles or negative comments, but if you have a few minutes each day to speak these verses, you’ll not only inspire yourself, but others as well. Take the Daily Scripture Fitness Plan challenge today and see how better you feel throughout the day.

•  Thy shoes shall be iron and brass; and as thy days so shall thy strength be (Deuteronomy 33:25).

• God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect (II Samuel 22:33).

• But thou, O LORD art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head (Psalm 3:3).

• Hold up my goings in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not (Psalm 17:5).

• He maketh my feet like hinds’ feet, and setteth me upon my high places (Psalm 18:33).

• The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace (Psalm 29:11).

• Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD (Psalm 31:24).

• I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help (Psalm 121:1).

• My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth (Psalm 121:12).

• Finally, my brethern, be strong in the Lord,  and in the power of his might (Ephesians 6:10).

• Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil (Ephesians 6:11).

• I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me (Philippians 4:13).

• Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth (Colossians 3:2).

To access more strength targeted scriptures, “Targeted Bible Verses”, provides an extensive listing of verses you can access quickly when you need help with your problems or when you want to encourage someone else. Sometimes it can take awhile trying to find a verse or perhaps you know someone who knows the scriptures very well, but you can’t reach them. This Bible verse guide can help you find exactly what need. The process may seem laborious in the beginning, but as you begin to increase spiritual stamina, your daily devotion ritual will become easy.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Your Purpose and Destiny Are Revealed Through Your Challenges


       Congratulations, you’ve made it through another year! If you had a successful year, you have something to be grateful for. If you had a challenging year, you also have something to be grateful for. You may ask why do I think that having challenges should cause you to be grateful? Well, if you’re still living despite of personal failures and disappointments, your level of strength, courage, and perseverance was revealed.

Change Your Mind about Your Challenges

     I spoke to a dear friend the other day to wish her a happy new year. During our conversation, she complained about many things that she thought was going wrong in her life. Every time she complained about something, I quickly checked her. I reminded her about the previous years of her life, her struggles, and the number of blessings God allowed to come into her life. She thinks that her current situation is not ideal, but I informed her about other people's situations that are worse. I also reminded her that she was still sane after all she had been through.
   
       If you can go through devastating challenges and still know who you are and where you are, you have something to be grateful for. Many people have experienced the same type of challenges you have dealt with, but they did not make it. You may have encountered some tough days, but remember everyone had something they had to deal with that was either shocking or unexpected. The beginning of 2015, my mother had a stroke. What seemed to be a minor setback, turned into a huge hurdle I had to pushed through every day. Since I am her only child, the responsibility of managing her personal care, home care therapy sessions, and medical appointments fell on my shoulders.

Be Flexible with Your Purpose

Although I had experience in helping to care of my late grandmother, my role as primary caregiver for my mother was a challenge I initially thought would be over within a few weeks. However, as time went on, I realized that my mother’s condition was challenged to the point where she needed to depend on me as if I were her mother. I was used to my mother’s youthful energy and desire to remain to committed to her church duties. After decades of foregoing her higher educational goals, she took advantage of the opportunity to pursue her associates degree at the age of 68. Although her educational plans were interrupted, she did her best while she was able to attend. She also took advantage of the opportunity to minister to elderly patients at a local nursing home. My mother’s dedication to her church service roles over the last 40 years reminded me of the scripture in Ecclesiastes 12:1 that says … “Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them.” In essence, this verse is saying when you have your strength regardless of your age, choose to do whatever God has called you to do.

Some people waste their time seeking other people’s approval before they can attempt to start working on the assignments God has given them. If you’re one of these individuals, decide that you will start working on the project or mission that God has placed on your heart before it's too late. You may be a little hesitant about your ability to fulfill your role, but God will lead you toward resources that will help you get the job done. When my mother was in the hospital, and I realized that her condition would take some time for her to recover, I begin to doubt my ability to handle the task I was unexpectedly given. As the days and weeks went on, God gave me the grace, strength, and wisdom to coordinate doctor appointments, meals, therapy sessions, personal attendant care, and other matters successfully. God also allowed one of my best friends from college, Theresa to come back into my life six months prior to my mother’s stroke. Theresa helped me and stay committed to lending her assistance as though my mother was her mother.

You may think that your purpose has to be called upon only for situations that you feel are important. Your thoughts may be focused toward your job, community volunteer position, or some other attractive platform. Contrary to these ideal situations, your physical strength, emotional, or financial support may be requested for jobs from the King that are not as appealing as other spotlight gigs. It takes a lot to remain committed to assignments where you may not get the recognition or appreciation you deserve, but Colossians 3:23 says … “Whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men. Knowing that of the Lord, ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.

Increase Your Strength and Move Toward Your Goals

The car accident I was involved in back in 2008 injured my back. As a result, I can’t do a lot of things. The struggle I endured physically, financially, and emotionally equipped me to handle my mother’s situation. You may think that the situation you’re dealing with now is too much to bear, but you must realize that you do have what it takes to make it. You must also understand that your journey of triumph will be someone else’s support system in the future. When you need extra encouragement to give you the mental and spiritual strength to overcome your challenges, “A Summons for Champion Strength” is an excellent resource. I have provided a list of scripture verses that are specifically targeted about strength. It’s called “Daily Scripture Fitness Plan.”  After reading this list of verses out loud, you will feel empowered and mentally refreshed. Sometimes, we can feel defeated when we constantly think about our failures and disappointments.  Now you don't have to wait for someone to encourage you because you can help yourself move beyond the weight of problems when you choose to… “Shake Off the Dust!”.  If you don’t make a conscience effort to move toward resources that will help you achieve your goals, you will remain … stuck on the steps of stagnation and bitterness.

When you face your challenges with a mindset that your outcome will be better than the process, you can become the type of entrepreneur, student, wife, mother, husband, business professional, sister, brother, friend, or leader that you want to be. Change starts within, and when you shift your mind from focusing on others who you think need to change, but won’t change, you can begin moving toward your destiny of success at a faster momentum. 2015 may have been a year of revelation regarding who your true friends are, but take it as a lesson to stay true to yourself regardless of what anyone else does. At the end of your life, you want to be confident that you did your best and treated others the best during your journey. Have a blessed beginning of the year!



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