Smile Big And Smile Often…

A smile goes a long way…

Today, as I was walking out of a gas station, another person was going in.  We spoke and smiled as our paths crossed.

A couple of minutes later, as I’m pumping my gas, I see this same person coming out of the store.  She came out with a smile so big that you just could not ignore it!  She held that smile all the way to her car and she wasn’t with anyone else, just her.

After I saw her smiling big, it made me smile just by looking at her.  She was an older lady and you could tell that she had a kind and happy spirit.  I believe God had his hand on her because of the manner in which she smiled.

So, me being the person that I am, I said, “Excuse me, ma’am, your smile just made me smile”.  She smiled again and said I know that a lot of people don’t smile much but it’s nice to see once in a while.

I agreed, she said thank you and that was it.

That simple smile left a lasting impression upon me and probably on her too because I acknowledged it.  I know it’s not much to some, but when you think of it in terms of being spiritually pleasing to God and encouraging people like me, it means everything.  We should all wear smiles like that.

Just wanted to share my experience and shed a little light on your day…

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Be Still…

Yesterday I received a message from a dear friend who is also a believer in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior and she trusts God to supply her needs and guide her through this journey called life, as I do.

The message was: “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalms 46:10).

She said that God spoke to her in a dream and gave her that message, and in that dream, she saw me.  So, it was put on her heart to tell me a couple of weeks ago when she saw me, but strangely, she was only able to see me in passing that day.  The timing was off.

But this day, we were both in the right place and at the right time.  I believe it was all in God’s timing. So, I received the message when I was supposed to.

She proceeded to explain to me why she was compelled to share it with me.  Then, it was clear to me that this was God’s way of giving me answers to questions I had asked in prayer.

My prayer has been and still is, “What will you have me to do today Lord?”  Please make everything clear to me beyond a shadow of a doubt, so that I can know and submit to your will and serve your purpose for my life.”

This message couldn’t have come at a more perfect time because I had been praying for God to give me direction concerning specific areas of my life.

I believe that if I had gotten the message two weeks ago, I might not have been able to apply it to my particular situation.

You know, it’s kinda funny though, how you’ll get an answer from God, but then another question follows in your mind.  I know the rest will come and then all the pieces of his message will come together.  At times, I think that I get distracted by the everyday stuff and don’t always understand his messages.  At least not as quickly as I would like to.

Do you ever feel that way?  I am still learning patience because all things come in God’s time.

I am taking that message and applying it where I believe it belongs in my life, while still seeking further confirmation along the way as I do my part in my situation.

This unexpected and greatly appreciated message signifies to me that God is hearing my prayers and is using other Christians to deliver his message to those who seek it.

I pray that God is continually working in your life and blessing you as well…

Fulfilling Your Purpose…

I stumbled across this amazing video of Lisa Nichols.  She is a life coach and an amazing motivator.  She really got my attention.  So I wanted to share this gift with you.

Perhaps you are in a place where you need some motivation to light the fire in an area of your life.  Well, this video will get you going!

The key, however, is to keep yourself going once you get that first breath of life.

I don’t know about you, but I can speak for myself when I say that I am so overwhelmed with passions for some dreams that have been on my heart for years.  Some, I am currently pursuing and others I have yet to get the confidence to bring to life.

I want them to come into existence, but I am constantly at battle with myself due to self-doubt about my ability to successfully bring these passions to the forefront.  I also think that fear of the unknown plays a major role in all of these false feelings of inferiority when it comes to prospering one’s life.

Strangely enough, I am convinced that these passions were put on my spirit by God and I feel as though, to date, I have let him down because I have not yet used the tools that he gave me to turn these passions into blessings by bringing them into existence in my life.

How do I know it is God’s purpose for my life?  Well, it’s like a fire that burns in my spirit and it won’t go away.

It is a very familiar feeling of conviction and I’ll tell you why.

There were times in my past when I would feel God’s presence and I was so convicted to say or do something at that particular moment.  The conviction would not leave me until I was obedient.

I’ll never forget this one particular day when I  was obedient and it comforted this mother’s spirit.

Her young adult son had enlisted in the military pretty quickly after he graduated high school.  I think he might have been 18 or 19 years old, so that was her baby.

I remember sitting next to her and her family at church one Sunday morning and she seemed very sad.  In fact, she was sitting there quietly shedding tears.  She was my neighbor and we had become friends, so when I sat beside her and said hello, I knew something was wrong.

I asked her why she was sad and she told me that her baby had deployed and she was worried about him.  If my memory serves me correctly, he went to Irag for a short time.

Something came over me that was so strong until I became bothered by my reluctance to obey God.  I know now that it was the Holy Spirit. I got this strange desire to tell her “Don’t worry and please don’t be sad because your baby will be coming home.  He’s going to be ok”.

It took me a while to work up the nerve, but once I did that, the antsy feeling left me and she felt better.  In fact, she began smiling.. and yes, her son did eventually return home to his family safely.

You see, she was a believer who trusted God so she recognized that our moment was ordained by him.  She had just gotten stuck in her worldly understanding of her situation for a moment and forgot to trust God.  I do that often times myself but quickly put myself in check.

But my point is that God used me to comfort her during that tough moment in her life and I feel as though he is wanting me to be obedient in my own life right now.

That feeling at church reminded me of someone who has ‘ants in the pants and they need to dance”. (James Brown, old school)  Ok, a little humor to throw you off a bit.

But seriously, I had only felt that way a few times during that stage of my life, so I recognized what it was.  I was not as close to God as I am now but I still knew him.

The feeling I’ve been experiencing about God’s purpose for my life is mimicking the feeling I had at church that day.

So, take a moment and become encouraged to find and fulfill God’s true purpose for your life.  If you listen carefully and hear God’s calling on your life, it could have a profound impact on your life and those around you.

I plan to purchase this book to help motivate me on my path to fulfilling God’s will and purpose for my life.

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Redirection…What’s That All About?

I imagine that we’ve all been in situations where maybe a flight or traffic during a road trip was redirected for various reasons.  But what if your course in life is redirected?

I remember a particular job I had for about 5 years.  It was a very stressful position because some days I would feel so overwhelmed by the end of the day that it would take a couple of hours to brush off that run down feeling after I got home.  Yet, I was comfortable there.

You see, when you’re performing a job that is so involved where you are on the go almost immediately when you arrive it can put quite a strain on your body and your mind.

But you stick it out because you feel that if you don’t keep going someone might not get the care that they need.  I remember sticking it out because I believed that I could make a difference there since I cared about the people who needed me.  There was also a biweekly “reward” in the form of a reasonable salary, so it became my motivation to lay dormant in my “level of comfort”.

Then, one day, unexpected change came into the office by way of a person of a rather aggressive and conflicting spirit who unfortunately had the “worldly” position of power to stir the pot, and so she did.

Did you ever feel like you were hand-picked for sudden change?  I did.

I couldn’t understand it then, but I got to thinking about how events began to take place and I later came to the conclusion that the events had to take place for me to take a different course of action for my life.  Otherwise, I would still be there in the same situation because I had settled so deeply into my comfort zone.

Situations changed from very comfortable to suddenly unsure and unappealing to the point where I made a decision to leave.  This decision would change my life forever.  At first, it seemed like a big mistake, but as time passed, I realized that I had made the right decision.

I didn’t know what would come next but I had to do something because it became evident that I needed to create change.  So I did.

I’m on a much different path than I was then.  I would never have imagined this path and frankly never desired it until one day it became apparent to me that I should go in that direction.

Now the road to change never promises to be easy, but sometimes in order to progress in life, one has to take a leap of faith and do what is necessary to accommodate the situation that has crossed your path.  So, it can get pretty hairy at times.

There might be some very high moments and some very low moments on the travels to change.  During this process of change, however, it is important to stay on course as long as you know in your heart that you are doing what you are supposed to be doing.

I think that God has a way of moving us out of situations by allowing a challenge to come to the forefront.  Otherwise, some of us might become stagnant and not allow the opportunity for what he wants us to do.

So, it is important to remember that when God closes one door in your life, he will open another one for you.

Just something to think about…

 

 

Generational Thought Patterns…

I was going about my daily business very recently when all of a sudden, my left eye twitched repetitively and it went on for days.  Then my left palm started to itch.  They didn’t happen simultaneously, of course, but all within the same week.  That bothered me but it was more of a nuisance than anything else.

I bring this up because all my life I’ve heard my relatives speak of and believe in all these generational old wives tales and ancestral beliefs had etched themselves into my life until recently.

My dilemma, over the past couple of years, was that I say I believe in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and our Father God, yet every time some little thing happens, I start to think of the old wives tales and wonder if things will go according to the beliefs that my ancestors passed down to me. “But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness”. (1 Timothy 4:7)

I’m pretty sure this would be a conflict of interest if a person says they believe in God, yet they begin to ponder excessively over something as simple as a twitching eye and give it power over their own destiny.

Just for the record, I am sure there is a reasonable explanation for why your eye would twitch, such as a deficiency of some sort or perhaps your body just needs rest.  Only God knows the reason.

In defense of those who are stuck in that thought pattern, letting that stuff go is a pretty hard task to master when you’ve been groomed to believe these things since childhood because your ancestors believed them.

I know because, throughout my life, I had always struggled with these ideas to a point of fearing the terrible unknown.  I now know that God is not the author of fear, so it cannot possibly be from him. “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)

I remember when a dear relative of mine would get an itch in her right palm, she would say, “Oh, I’m going to get some money from somewhere”.

Or, when her left eye would twitch, she would say “Somebody’s going to make me mad”.  The right eye twitching would mean “I’m going to be made happy”.

Then, something as simple as a rooster crowing before noon created dreadful fear of some sort of doom.   Oh, how I hated roosters and seeing them stand on a fence.  It was horrid for me as a child!  If that rooster even looked like he was going to crow, I would chase him away.  (Smiling)

After seeing these strong beliefs conjure up fear and seeing weird happenings play out in my families’ lives following these beliefs for so many years, I found myself focusing on them so much that it seemed as though they would reflect some form of negativity in my life.

I think they happened more or less due to so much fear that was conjured up from the imagination.  The mind can trick you into pairing sequences of events together that may not otherwise have any connection at all. “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding.” ( Proverbs 3:5)

Thankfully, I have chosen my belief in God over those trivial thoughts.  However, I will admit that I am still trying to rid myself of some residuals.  But, currently, the issue is nearing non-existent because I have worked very hard to change my thought patterns and beliefs.  As soon as I begin to think that way due to something out of the ordinary, I say a prayer and ask God to remove those false thoughts from my mind.

I can’t help but wonder if these wives tales were created in an attempt at some kind of generational bondage?

Just something to think about…

God Is Listening And Working In All Of Us…

I was graced with the confirmation that God is always listening even when we don’t feel that he is.  When times seem unbearable or uncertain, he is there with us.

It’s kind of ironic how even though God may allow me to touch someone’s heart through my beliefs and thoughts, they are, in fact, touching my life with what seems on the surface to be mere comments.  But you see, the comments are so much more than that!

You, the readers, may not realize it but every positive comment you send my way strengthens my faith in God and lets me know that he is working in the background and letting his light shine through all of us and we sort of pass that light around without even realizing it.

I sometimes wonder why his works don’t always seem so profound in my life, which is what brings doubt into my mind.  I do eventually come to my senses and realize that he doesn’t always have to speak to me or any of us in an eventful and remarkable sort of way.

Rather, the simple and subtle way in which God speaks to us can sometimes actually be the most powerful in our lives.  Because when we feel broken and defeated, he comes and gives us a second wind to help us keep going.

That second wind comes in all forms.  Positivity, a kind word, a simple smile, a good deed, a blessing in the form of a much-needed breakthrough, are just some of the ways that God replenishes us.

Have you ever been in a situation where you cross paths with a person and show an act of kindness, you smile, then they smile, and then you both go your separate ways?  Well, I imagine that they take that same smile and pass it on to someone else who crosses their path and so on.  I know I do.

I believe that God is showing his face to us and spreading his love when things like that happen.

Just something to think about…

God’s Will or Yours?…

Have you ever wanted something so bad and you waited and waited to hear the good news, only to find out that you didn’t make the cut?

Now, you’ve done nothing but pray about this thing for as long as you can remember, but seemingly to no avail.

Perhaps, this very important thing you’ve been praying for is not what God has planned for your life.  Or maybe, just not yet.

Could it be that he has prepared something better for you?  Well, you have to live by faith and realize that God knows what is best for you.

As I go on faith in the Lord and his plans for my life, I am beginning to realize that what is for me, Is For Me.  So, if God has a blessing prepared for me, it will be given to me when he is ready, or better yet when he knows that I am ready to receive it.

On the other hand, if it is not God’s will that I get that thing that I so desperately wanted or needed, then it wasn’t mine to get because he would have provided it for me.

Even with faith in the Lord, it is still a very hard pill to swallow when you feel the rejection of any kind.  Some of us take it to heart and feel bad about it but the smart ones keep moving on to Plan B.

My plan B is continuing to pray for guidance and direction while doing what I believe is required of me spiritually and physically.

Life isn’t that simple, though, because our minds can sometimes get stuck in a worldly thought pattern and that’s when worry, concern, and sometimes mistakes set in because we are not willing to wait for clarity.

We have to remind ourselves to remain faithful and positive and know that the Blessings that God has for us will surface as long as we are diligent in our efforts and stay in the will of God and not our own will.

Just something to think about…