New Year, New Me…

Today we closed out another year the end of 2015. Another year of unmet goal. Some of us may have met our goals; however, I’m sure most of us fell short somewhere. Sometimes we have to keep out goals to ourselves and just go out there and do it. I’m so fed up with the negative people of the world who just can’t stand to see someone have dreams. No matter what the situation is we should all strive to reach our goals even if it’s a little goal such as having $200 saved in an emergency fund or a larger goal to pay off all your debt.

We have to learn to surround ourselves with positive people who are willing to uplift us despite what they have going on. That was one of my goals for 2015 to stop being such a negative, complaining, and worrying person. I got the first two done even though it took me to almost the end of the year. The last one is still a work in progress. I think that I need to work on my prayer life and it will help me with all the other areas of my life that I am confused about and just at a lost at what to do. I’m going to start handing things over to God.

At church our pastor always preach that if you come to the altar to pray than whatever it is that was on your heart that you are asking God to handle to leave it there. You have to have faith that he will deliver you from all your worries. I did this one important aspect of my life and that is with my husband. After his major health scare I thought he had learned his lesson and quit smoking. When I found out he was smoking I was angry, scared, and possible resentful. I tried to let him know how it affected me and the impact it was having on our family. His only response was I was not a smoker so, I could not possibly understand why it was so hard for him to quit.  For a small moment in our entire marriage I was feeling very negative feelings towards him (they may have been borderline hatred) and I did not like it. SO, I got up one Sunday and I went to the altar and I prayed and I told God that I would no longer fuss, fight, or resent my husband for his choices. Instead I gave him to God and asked him to deliver him. Since that moment I have been at peace. (By the way I just watched the War Room for the 1st time today) It confirmed that I did the right thing in asking God to deliver my husband and it was my job to love, support, and forgive him.

On this 31st day of December 2015, I am leaving all my worries of 2015 with God. I will no longer worry about my finances, children(no longer going to be the crazy mama, might have to change the name of my blog), marriage, career, and school. I give it all to him and have faith that in due time it will all work in my favor as he wants it to be.  I still have my dreams and things that I want to accomplish; however, I am learning that it will all happen in due season. “When God pushes you to the edge of difficulty, trust him fully because two things can happen either he’ll catch you when you fall or he will teach you how to fly.”

So, set out this year to make improvements in your life and obtain your dreams; however, I want to you to keep a few things in mind: (Rick Warren 6 phases of faith)

  1. Dream: You have a vision
  2. Decision: Make a decision to go after your dream
  3. Delay: There’s always one while you’re working on the vision, God is working on you
  4. Difficulty: God is more interested in your character than your career
  5. Dead End: It looks like it will never happen
  6. Deliverance: You made it happen! God specializes in turning crucifixion into resurrection

This is your life so, live it to the best of your ability. Have faith in God that he will move mountains or at least guide you on an alternate route. No matter how big or how small whatever it is on your heart to do you can do it. Take the time to educate yourself.  If getting your finances need to get in order read books on finances there are tons of free ones on Amazon if you download the kindle app to any smartphone or tablet.  Talk with people who are doing what you want to do and find out how they did it and what made them successful. You would be amazed and how many people are willing to mentor you.

I close this year in saying don’t give up as long as you woke up this morning your one step closer to your dreams, goals, and/or vision. I hope that everyone has a prosperous year and I will see you in 2016.

Dear God,

I pray that whoever is reading my blog is touched and inspired to go out and reach their highest goals. I pray that you give the courage and strength to overcome their fears or anything else that may holding them back. Help them to understand that we are all faced with setbacks in our life; however, we must remain faithful that you will assist us in our comeback.  I pray for health and safety of everyone and their families.

Amen

“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” NLT Mark 11:24

 

 

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Gratitude

It’s the 1st week in November my most favorite time of year. I love the holiday season it brings me so much joy to know that I will get to spend time with my family, get an extra few days off of work, and maybe get a nice gift or two. If you ever wanted me to do something or even give you anything if you ask around this time of year and you just might get it. I love the holidays right down to spend my Sundays watching Christmas Movies on Hallmark and Family Channel.Gratitude is something we often leave out because we get some complacent in our everyday lives that we forget that our lives could have been totally different. When do we stop and be thankful for the multitude of things that we do have and our blessed with. Do we complain about our jobs? (My hand is held real high on this one) Do we complain about our bills? Do we complain about being overwhelmed due to the many activities we chose for our lives(or our children’s lives)? But, think about it what if you didn’t have a job how would your survive. If we have bills that means we have lights, shelter, water, gas, and other necessities for life. We are blessed to have the ability to be overwhelmed and engage in many activities and place our kids in activities. It’s somewhere right now praying for your jobs, your bills, and your life.

Gratitude: “the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.”

I’ve been working with a client on Mindfulness exercises and many of them have been about stopping and paying attention to things in our surroundings we normally ignore. To focus on what we hear, see, and smell. “Stop and smell the roses.” We spend so much time focused on what we’re buying for Christmas and so upset if we can’t afford things for our kids. But, is that really what the season is about just what we purchase. We need to stop and really focus on the true meaning of the season and be more giving of ourselves than of our money. We should challenge everyone try to do at least one thing this holiday season to do at least one act of kindness for someone else. Especially our children challenge them to think of one kind act they can do for others. They must decide on their own and make a plan to put it into action. This bring back the true meaning of the Holiday season.

 

 

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