Monday, June 26, 2017

Pressing On Toward the Goal

With the busyness of our daily lives, it's so very easy to lose focus of our dreams, goals, and visions. This week, I had many struggles and challenges that pulled me away from focusing on my goals. I was frustrated with myself that I had allowed myself to be distracted. I was upset that plans throughout the week had changed. I was losing motivation toward completing those things I had begun. I had chosen to allow myself to be further distracted by all those negative emotions and feelings!

But praise the Lord His mercies are new every morning! It's like getting a do-over day when we feel like we've messed things up. But no matter what the circumstances are, no matter what others may tell us about our dreams and goals, we have to stay focused. If you believe that you can and will achieve your dreams, goals, and visions, don't let anyone talk you out of that. Keep moving toward those goals and purpose every day to do at least one thing that will propel you toward your goal. 

All in all, remember this:

Have a blessed week!


Friday, June 23, 2017

Friday 'Fess Up

I have made a decision. It affects not only me but my family, my friends, my co-workers, and my readers. I have made a decision that I needed to make. That will change the course of my life. And today, I am sharing that decision with you.

On Thursday evening, renowned evangelist, Dr. Jerry Savelle, and his motorcycle club, Chariots of Light, came to our church. The message was nothing less than powerful and encouraging, truthful and empowering. At the end of the service, Brother Jerry asked for people to come forward who had been battling quitting, quitting anything in our lives, so I went forward for prayer. As Brother Jerry began to pray, he spoke these words over me:

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I have decided that I am not going to quit anymore! Not going to quit writing, not going to quit working out, not going to quit eating more healthier, not going to quit seeking Him first! I will stand. I will not quit. I will not compromise, and I will win!

This word isn't only for me! If you've been struggling with quitting lately, take ahold of those words Brother Jerry said and claim them for yourself and your life, too! Decide for yourself--TODAY--that you will no longer quit! I pray the Lord would bring you clarity to know if that is something you need to work on, and that you would be willing to take ahold of all He has for you if you just persevere a little while longer!

Have a blessed weekend!


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Hump Day Encouragement

This week, I felt stretched very thin. Between the magazine I edit, the youth organization I work with, church, my ministry, my family, and my personal coaching, I felt that I was failing so many people in so many ways. Sound familiar to you?

What I decided I had to do was find balance between those things that are a part of my calling and those things that I simply feel like I have to do but that aren't part of my calling. We need to understand that while we are responsible for what we are called to do, we are also responsible for those things that we choose to do that pull us away from that. It's the same with our visions. If we constantly allow things to distract us from completing them, there won't be any time left for our goals.

Today, I want you to give yourself permission to say 'No' to those things that pull you away from your calling or your vision. Begin to plan your day, your week, with God's plan for you in mind. I want you to allow yourself to step down from a position that you feel you have to fulfill because no one else is. I want you to be free to pursue all that the Lord has for you this year in your calling, in your vision, and for His Kingdom!

Have a blessed week!


Monday, June 19, 2017

Listen Up, Soul!!

This week, I struggled. I struggled with patience, with getting angry, with lack of motivation, with being cheerful, with celebrating, and with finishing. I was feeling like such a low person. Why would God want to use a complaining, unmotivated, quitter like me?! I was really bummed about where I was, and what was worse was that I didn't know how to get out of that attitude!

Then I was reminded of David. He went through the same thing! Yes, these feelings I was having, this lack of motivation, bad attitude, and the rest had all been experienced by David thousands of years ago! 
When David was faced with these feelings, what did he do? He talked to his soul! So tell your soul, "Listen up! We're going to praise the Lord!" Your soul will respond, and until then, walk in the knowledge that God is transforming your attitude even now!

Have a great week!


Friday, June 9, 2017

Friday 'Fess Up

If you're like me, there are certain events and activities in which you have chosen to give of your time and talents. Sometimes it is for something you are passionate about. Other times, it is for an event or activity or ongoing meeting that you feel as though you have to do, often because there is no one else to do it, so you feel it is your duty to take up that burden.

I'm so guilty of that! I love doing things for my church family, that's not ever an issue for me. I feel that it's part of my calling to work with my pastors and others on things for the Kingdom, like renovating a decades old building into a bright, welcoming, modern gathering place for God's people. But other things pull at me for my time and talent. I enjoy working for the youth organization in which I volunteer. However, I often find myself wondering if this is a part of God's plan for my life right now or if it's just something I'm doing to do for me. 

My heart has certainly not been in working in the organization the past few months. I have let deadlines slide, put off attending meetings, and somewhat withdrew myself from most of the activities of the organization. But I must confess that the Lord has been dealing with me on this. You see, He put me there for a reason. And even if I put myself in the organization, He is still going to use my work there for His benefit! The Scripture says, "Whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men" (Colossians 3:23).

If you're feeling as though your heart just isn't in your work, I want to encourage you to do it for the Lord rather than for men. See if you don't notice a change in your attitude! The joy of the Lord is your strength!

Have a great weekend!


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Hump Day Encouragement

I've been meditating on what the Lord has for me this year. In fact, you have probably noticed that vision boards have been strongly emphasized this past month. That is because I want to make sure you know how important it is to get a vision, a goal, or a dream, and work toward that! Proverbs 29:18 says where there is no vision, the people perish. Another translation says they wander and yet another says the people run wild. 

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Creating a vision board is a great way to rein in your wild horses so you no longer run wild. And if you have yet to create one for this year, refer back to my previous vision board posts with ideas on how to make them. You will want to keep your completed vision board somewhere that you can easily look at it daily. A good way to do that, if you're on the go often like I am, is to take a picture of your vision board and set it as your cell phone or tablet wallpaper! Then you're sure to see it several times a day!

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Have a blessed week!


Monday, June 5, 2017

What Do You Have A Vision For?

Recently, a youth friend of mine realized her lifelong dream: to become a cast member at Disney World! She dreamed of being in that role for all of her teenage years and even began her own business of Princess characters who would make mall appearances, attend local parades, and serve as the main attraction at young girls' birthday parties! It was something she kept before her eyes literally everyday. She never deviated from that goal and knew one day, in God's perfect timing, she would have the dream she took hold of so many years before.

You know, that teenage friend is no different than you or I when it comes to dreaming. Maybe you feel like you're too old or young to have big, bold dreams. Maybe you feel as though you've already accomplished everything you set out to do in life. Maybe you don't know what or how to dream! It all begins with asking the Lord what He has for you in your life. Be patient. Diligently seek Him to find out what call He has placed on your life. Pray and ask for a passion if you don't have one right now. Ask God to bring back to your remembrance that thing you loved to do in your childhood or youth. Your dream has likely been with you your whole life, but for one reason or another, it was pushed to the back burner and perhaps even forgotten.

You've heard me tell the story before of how my twin sister and I used to play two things when we were little: School, where she was the teacher and I was the student, and television news where I was the news anchor and she was the weather girl. This past weekend at my vision board party, we were talking about this very thing and realized that not only did we play teacher and now she is a teacher, and we played television news and now I am a magazine editor, but I was her student and am a lifelong student, while she teaches science and weather in her STEM program at school! Isn't it awesome how God brings these things into our lives for a purpose?

Many people say, "One day I'll do this or that." But unless you have a plan and a vision for that thing, I can assure you, you will never accomplish it. You have to see it in your mind first before you'll ever do it.

I want to encourage you to read back on my Vision Board posts this week, and decide that TODAY is going to be your Day One and not your one day. What do you want to accomplish and leave for the next generation? What legacy do you want to leave? How do you want to be remembered? All these things lie in the doing of your dreams and goals!

Have a blessed week!