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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!
“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.
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
In February 2018, I enjoyed a vision board night with a group of ladies that I love dearly. We listened to inspiring music while creating our vision boards. If you’re not familiar, a vision board is a collage of images put together and displayed to help organize one’s personal life goals. It is a way to create a visual to make goals more tangible than abstract. It’s a great idea and a great tool to place your goals in front of you daily so that you may maintain your focus. We were encouraged to keep the vision boards posted somewhere as a reminder of where they would like to go. I created a vision board, framed it and hung it. The vision board turned out to be a great instrument for me personally because it was hung where I could see it every morning and night. I found myself looking at it each night and thinking about how I spent my day. What did I do today to achieve what is on my vision board? I did each night what most of us do at the end of each year. I cannot express enough how much this helped me gain perspective. …THE REST OF THE STORY
This morning my husband and I noticed something strange crawling across the front yard. As I went in closer to look, I noticed it was a hornet carrying a cicada. I have never seen anything like it before. We were completely mesmerized as we watched the hornet struggle to crawl across the yard toward a tree. We continued to watch the hornet struggle and we wondered aloud, “Where is it going?” The hornet reached the base of the maple tree in the front yard and it began to climb up the tree. Again, we wondered aloud, “Why is it climbing the tree? Does it have a nest up there?” …THE REST OF THE STORY