Are you a Boss?

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Last week I wrote about weariness, and having faith in your future. I saw this quote on Facebook, and it was mind blowing to me personally.

We are a generation that truly lives in the moment. And in that moment, we are maximizing our potential by multitasking as much as our hands and minds can possibly handle. That lifestyle lends us to easily forget blessings of our past.

We become fixated on this moment in time and all the problems and stressors of this moment. But stopping to think (and mediate) about how we got through last week’s dilemma, can truly remind us of how good God is, and encourage us that we can and will prevail through these current problems as well.

Thinking of how I felt last week, and the fact that I made it through, through my Lord, truly makes me feel like a Boss.

What have you conquered this past week? Share and be encouraged that your blessing could bless so many others.

Take care and stay faithful friends!

Don’t break down, break THROUGH

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About a month ago, I told myself I was taking a vacation.  No matter what, I was taking time off and going somewhere, to do something with someone to force myself to take a break.  Every possible thing was weighing on me so heavily.  I was weary and completely done and over all of it.

Fast forward to last week, and my stay-cation was anything but fun and relaxing.  Every day presented a new issue or problem, and the whole point of the time off was to be released from stress, not to take on more.

Upon my return to work, it wasn’t long before the old and tattered stress robe was flung over my shoulders.  As I was speaking with another coworker, one of my team members stopped and asked me to come see her when I had a moment.  In the hollows of my mind, I immediately began to run the list of issues… did I enter data in the system wrong?  Did something happen while I was out?  

Why does our mind go straight to the negative before we even remotely hear the full story?

Turns out, my coworker blessed me with an amazing gift.  Anyone who knows me knows that I have a special place in my heart for pretty baubles and cute shoes!  Having this knowledge, my coworker saw these handmade Kenyan bracelets and thought of me.  She shared with me that she had been thinking of a way to thank me for helping her on prior occasions with her workload, and thought this would be the perfect gift.  

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To say I was blown away was an understatement.  Here I am complaining about all the stuff that has been thrust on my plate for the last few weeks.  Her gift wiped all that stress away and humbled me in a way that I can barely describe in words.

It is so quick and easy to take the ‘road most traveled’ and be negative and grumpy about what life has decided to serve us.  BUT BUT BUT… that’s why the Word reminds us in Galatians that “in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”

We can not fathom how our well doing may be abundantly blessing someone else’s life.  But by reading and meditating on this word, we can stay uplifted and focused.  

Isaiah 40:29 – 31 breaks down weariness.  It also reminds us that we can be victorious because ‘He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak’ (40:29).  You know you can make it because ‘Even youths grow tired and weary’ (40:30).   You know for sure you can because…

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Doesn’t that sound beautifully peaceful and encouraging?  

Interestingly, this happened on Tuesday afternoon, and I thought of the verses above thatt night, which became the springboard for this post.  I open my email Wednesday morning, and see the daily devotional from Joel and Victoria Osteen, entitled ‘Wait on the Lord’.  This devotional also referenced Isaiah 40:31. Talk about confirmation!!  

I’ve included a link to the devotional so you can read it for yourself.  I am truly blessed by the Osteens, each and every day!  I am sure you will be as well. http://www.joelosteen.com/Pages/MessageViewer.aspx?date=2014-08-06

~As for these bracelets…

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These are hand-crafted by Kenyan artisans and the proceeds go back to the artisans. Each bead is uniquely crafted from recycled glass, paper, clay and natural materials like ostrich eggshell and amber.  Their website is http://acacia-creations.com. Please go checkout their website and make a purchase. The proceeds provide income for Kenyan artisans, and I’m all about supporting each other, near and far.

Stay strong friends and be encouraged. You’ll be mounting your wings before you know it!

What to Perceive and What NOT to Perceive? That is the question!!

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One very frank lesson I learned the first week of my very first job, as a cashier at WaWa, was that you don’t poop where you work.  Now, I know that sounds strange.  It was spewed at me in a much different, kind of vulgar manner from a disgruntled co-worker who was venting, which I am sure you all can imagine.  We all have probably heard this cliché several times before.

I had to put this cliché in a whole new light last night for a close relative of mine.

Perception.

That’s the name of the game people.  We often think we are putting out one kind of vibe, while the person on the receiving end is perceiving your message quite differently.  Before the proverbial line gets drawn in the sand, here’s a little something to ponder on about perception.

In talking to my family member, he was gloriously detailing his relationship escapades.  How he talked to this one girl and she gave him her number, but later he got a number from this other girl, but yet in still he likes this other girl… But he just wants to be friends with all of them.  Yea, ok. (chuckle chuckle at how dumb he must think I am!)

So, I had no choice but to stop him in his tracks.  My spidey senses were tingling on a seizure type level at the impending teaching moment.  Listening to him, he was so caught up in how he perceived the situation, that he never really stopped to think of how those other girls may perceive his actions.

I dared to ask him, “What happens if they find out about each other, especially if they work together?”  The response was a typical one.  “I’m just being friendly, just want to hang out.”  I’m truly stepping out on a very thin limb here, but I don’t think women were built to function like that.  To just ‘hang out’ with no chance of commitment.  I know plenty of women who say they can, but they follow the same symptoms I expressed to my family member.

Even as friends, if there is even an inkling of admiration or desire there, perception of the situation can be come very cloudy.  The idea is that you’re just friends, but most women I know, go home and almost meditate on the time that was spent with the ‘friend’.  What he was wearing, his gestures, his flirtations (was he really flirting or just being nice?), how he looked at you, every word he says.  We analyze it all. 

I wanted to warn him, actually, educate him, to think of both sides of the fence.  Most often, we will put our own interests at the forefront, but I am hoping with this conversation, that he will start to think of the other person as well.  How they may read into or perceive his words and actions. More importantly, we have to be concerned with how God views our actions.  He is the one who truly knows the intent behind our actions.

This is a concept that I think we all could reflect on in our own lives.  Often times, we do things to pursue our own purposes and passions, but how often do we stop and think about how God is viewing our words and actions?  Do you ever think about how the other person may perceive you, or are you mainly focused on your own particular need?

In my head, honestly, all I could see was this situation going totally wrong and blowing up in his face. Or worse yet, it blows up in the girls faces…and their hearts.  God forbid if these girls actually have intimate feelings for him, and find out that he is spending time with her and the other girls.  I have seen it so many times before, where situations like that end up causing a virtual war between women, often unbeknownst to the male in between. 

Some men could care less, some might even enjoy that.  I would never want to breed that mentality into the hearts and souls of the men in my family.  If anything, I’m fighting to kill that thought at the door.

So I leave you with this last thought.  In a training I attended today, ironically, the agenda included a conversation about perception amongst office staff.  The trainer concluded the whole topic by saying, “The other persons perception of your actions is the true reality.”

Think of the verse listed above when you speak to others. See past what man sees and try to look at the situation through His eyes, then move forward.

Be blessed friends!

Move!!! Get out the way!!

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I just love my best friends!!

Though we don’t get to talk as much as either of us wishes, it’s always a great conversation.  We talked, well texted, this morning about a situation I’m going through.  She is always a great source of real tough love and great encouragement.  I saw this picture on Facebook a few minutes ago, thought of our conversation and wanted to share with you all.

One of my best friends politely reminded me today that we all go through things in life. I learned from speaking to her that it’s about perspective.

We are so quick to try to assign blame and point fingers. But…It’s not about assigning fault and more so about realizing how our actions affect the people around us.  It made me realize, before I can truly move forward with my passion and purpose, I must get out of my own way.

After more girl talk, and some quiet reflection afterwards, I realize the steps I need to take to remove my self-induced roadblock.  And I understand that I may have to move the roadblock brick by brick, but it must be removed.

It won’t be easy friends.  But be encouraged.  Don’t let your thoughts or opinions, experiences or guilt, bind you as a roadblock to securing your blessings and accomplishing God’s purpose for your life.

You can make it!!!

At the Close of Business

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A little anecdote of humor thanks to the folks over at the awesome world of Bitstrips. I just love this app!!

For those who don’t know, Bitstrips is an application for your phone or tablet where you can turn yourself into a cartoon character and throw yourself into a comic strip. Cool right?

Isn’t this how we all wished we could leave work?!?!?

Have a great evening friends!! And go download that app!

Respect the Order

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Well, here’s another one. Another rainy, cloudy day on the east coast. Dreary days tend to go one of two ways around me: either extremely productive or extremely UN-productive.  Today, I’m feeling the latter of the two.

When I grudgingly opened my email this morning, my daily inspirational message had the above captioned verse attached.  I admit, I had to really stop and think, as the message discussed doing things in God’s order, lest our progress will be hindered or completely derailed. I began to wonder, Am I doing something out of order, maybe moving too fast?

I let those questions slip to the back of my mind along with my first sip of coffee.  I checked my next email account to find a different daily devotional message. (When possible, I absorb inspiration from everywhere and send it anywhere my eyes may travel during the day!)

This one, from Diana Hobbs over at http://empoweringeverydaywomen.com, is aptly titled ‘God is Ordering Your Steps’. (Anyone else see the irony, or divine influence, going on here? :-)) Before I could even finish reading the article, my heart was beaming.  I knew for certain what this article was addressing in my life… jumping ahead.

I think it is normal for most humans to try to spring forward, so to speak, our thoughts about what our future should be according to our experiences and mindset.  Who doesn’t enjoy daydreaming about fully living out our life’s purpose and the rewards that will undoubtedly follow suite, right? I feel like this message was God saying, “Slow down E.”

Yesterday I posted about extending your territory, and how true change in mindset doesn’t happen overnight. Let’s say this is the next wellspring from that statement.  I’m so grateful that with God, it’s not all or nothing. I don’t believe that God’s heavenly office has a mandatory 24-hr turnaround period. Meaning, He understands that there is a process to change.

In fact, according to this verse, He mandates a process!

Much like coal being converted to a diamond, some things in US must be refined before we are truly at our peak, and this can only be accomplished through God’s perfect planning and timing, with a pinch of our faith as fuel. (Remember that lil ole mustard seed?)

Have faith today, that His timing is beyond perfect, and you don’t have to force the issue or the change.  Remain diligent, seeking Him and the Word. Remain faithful, because He’s done it for you before. Remain hopeful, because He knows what He has planned for your future, and it’s ALL good, so you need not worry!!

Have a great day friends!

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