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.
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
Previously, I shared Episode 2 of Baggage Free Living, My Shame Story. I learned from my journey through shame that I did not have to be defeated by it. The examples and lessons I found in God’s word are priceless. You know sometimes if you really dive into the Word, you find so much that is relatable. As I said before, to overcome the shame, you have to allow yourself to be vulnerable. Being open to hearing what the Lord says through His word can bring the most incredible light bulb moments. …THE REST OF THE STORY
Recently, I shared about Baggage Free Living. I have lived life so I have my share of baggage. My baggage is big and it’s heavy, but I don’t carry it anymore. I love Galatians 5:1 (NIV) as it describes what I know to be true.
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” …THE REST OF THE STORY
Last night I enjoyed my first night back with an incredible group of ladies. I had the honor of sharing with them a portion of the lessons I learned during my concussion recovery. The particular lesson I shared was really more than just one lesson, but a series of lessons from God to my heart.
As I have previously shared, the initial recovery time included a million thoughts running non-stop through my head. So the first I heard from the Lord was to “Stop toiling and striving and just rest”. When I released all thoughts and all perceived control, I was open to hear from the Lord in a meaningful way. That time of hearing from the Lord through His word, through prayer, and through Spirit began to reveal things about myself and the condition of my heart. …THE REST OF THE STORY
The other night as I was trying to sleep these thoughts kept rolling through my head and heart. I believe they are meant to be shared for someone that may be in a dark part of their journey.
I once lived in a dark, dark pit where there was no light and there was no hope. But God had mercy on me and saw fit to rescue and deliver me. Have you had a ‘but God’ moment? Not a day goes by that I forget the pit from which the Lord brought me. While I remember the pit, I don’t stay focused on the pit. I’m not meant to stare at that place for nothing good was there and nothing good will come from focusing on that place. I stay focused on the God that brought me out. So, in my daily life I can’t help but praise and worship the God that saved my life in so many ways. I can’t help but think of Him and feel a rush of gratitude. The gratitude isn’t reserved for a season or a specific date. My gratitude flows freely daily because of who God is to me. …THE REST OF THE STORY
It’s been a little while since I have written. I apologize. Sometimes it seems there are so many thoughts running through my head that I can’t seem to organize them enough to sit down and write. And sometimes, I’m in the midst of all the facets of life I previously wrote about that I can’t seem to find the time to write. …THE REST OF THE STORY
I began a new chapter in my life a few weeks ago. I felt like it was a great opportunity to start something else new…this blog. Timing is so important. We often want what we want when we want it. Well…not often…maybe more like always.
Tuesday (a few weeks ago) was my last day in an office outside of my home. It happened suddenly and unexpectedly. A few weeks ago my work situation/environment completely changed, which required much thought and action by myself & my co-workers. For me, it was an opportunity to embrace a change and to experience a completely different work environment. I spent the next several days really thinking about what all this means for my co-workers and what it means for me. There was a form of “survivor guilt” that was really weighing me down. …THE REST OF THE STORY