I have had a “bee in my bonnet” for the last week, and I think I should share it. The ridiculousness of people using religion and their “beliefs” to demean, belittle and just generally judge people has my head about to explode. I mean this isn’t new, but it sure seems to keep coming up in my world recently. I’m angry about it. It’s not right and it needs to stop.…THE REST OF THE STORY
Today I celebrate 44 years of life on this earth. Almost exactly a year ago an incredible season of transition began. This transition season has not always been easy, but it was always good. As the season began, I found myself seeking; really seeking my purpose, my path and direction. I was not unhappy with where I was, but I felt there was more and it was time for a change. This transition season is made up of four sub-seasons: Contentment, Stillness, Letting Go, and Evolving.…THE REST OF THE STORY
OOPS ALERT! In my previous blog post, Successful Living, I refer to a sermon, Trading Truth, several times. In my information overload, I made a mistake which sermon I used as a resource. Oops! While Trading Truth has some applicable content to the post, the actual sermon most of the references come from The Danger of a Dream by Pastor Steven Furtick. I highly recommend both sermons as the material is quite applicable to living successfully, dreaming big and overcoming your past.
I watched both of these sermons this past weekend, and I came away with some exceptional revelations. Revelation is defined as the divine or supernatural disclosure to humans of something relating to human existence or the world. It’s like bringing a spiritual truth to the physical mind. I believe this is key to a holistic healthy life, mind, body and spirit health. Although, I should have known better than to watch two great and deeply meaningful sermons back-to-back. It was human mind overload. Thus, the mistake in my previous blog post. At the gym this morning, I listened to Trading Truth again. I will probably listen to The Danger of a Dream again as well. They are just that good!…THE REST OF THE STORY
“A belief that one will be successful is one of the strongest predictors of goal achievement.” ~Dr. Henry Cloud, Boundaries
Recently I read an excerpt from Dr. Henry Cloud’s book, Boundaries. I felt like this really tied into the visions and dreams theme that seems to keep coming up again and again. I’m certain God is trying to tell me something as this excerpt was about achieving success which goes right along with the Propel Women conversation series I’m currently participating in called Success. If you are not familiar with Propel Women, it is an organization designed to connect women to find their passion, purpose and potential in order to fulfill their God-given destiny. It’s really quite a beautiful way to connect with women from every walk of life within a local chapter. For me, it’s a great way to become a part of a Christ community where you can be vulnerable and authentic as well as grow personally. …THE REST OF THE STORY
“I don’t follow dreams. I follow Jesus and when I follow Jesus, dreams follow me.” ~Steven Furtick, Trading Truth (Elevation Church)
Trading Truth was such a great sermon! I found it interesting that Pastor Steven talked about vision boards especially after I just created one yesterday. He had some great points, but the above quote really stood out to me.
He also said, “What if your dream was just a first draft? Are you open to revisions?” …THE REST OF THE STORY
When I was younger, I almost never laughed out loud. On the other side of some pretty tumultuous times, I laugh A LOT. I think it’s part of what has helped me to heal & continue to heal. Laughter & love has helped me become better than ever before mentally, emotionally & spiritually.
Don’t take life too seriously. No one makes it out alive.
This morning as I prepare for church, I started thinking about what we each do to prepare to go into our Savior’s house. There is just so much more than just showering, putting on make-up or getting dressed. When we make up our mind that we will go to church to worship him and to mesh with all the different people God has connected us to, there’s a spiritual shift. We can’t see it and we may not even be able to feel it, but it’s there. Acknowledging this is key, I think. When we recognize that shift, an expectation is birthed. This is not an expectation of people, but of God. In preparation for God’s leading this morning, I opened my heart in obedience and humility. God, I will go where you lead me. I will prefer your will over my own. Then I quietly listened for his word for me. His spirit in me let me know just what I needed to do. I accepted it and turned on worship music to keep my focus on God and his goodness as I physically prepared myself. …THE REST OF THE STORY