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Chasing After You

Photo courtesy of Heaven’s Harvest on Facebook

The last few weeks have been a real struggle for me. Truth be told, the past few years haven’t been my best.  When I write or speak to anyone, I don’t profess to have all the answers.  I try to only speak on things that I have experienced in the hopes that my friends and family won’t make the same mistakes that I have.  But lately it seems with every good word that comes out of my mouth, a mile of strife follows.

It’s hard to keep the focus and remember whose I am.  I realize I have been writing about this a lot, as I am trying to learn and walk my way through it.  Every day I am faced with a new challenge, a new battle, and it ‘feels’ as if it’s wearing me down.  My friend jokingly told me the other day that I am all over the place, though I am sure it was concern masked behind a smile.  Some days I am up, and some days I am way down.  And that’s NOT God’s will for our life.

I don’t want to write on this blog in a manner that would suggest that I have it all figured out… God knows I don’t! But I want to share how good He is to me, even when I feel like I don’t deserve it.  His grace is sufficient and He is so forgiving.  Honestly, that is the only thing that keeps me smiling sometimes.  Noticing the little things He does for me during the day like changing the light to green as I am approaching when I’m running late, a butterfly in a tree that I noticed just by chance, the spark in my son’s eyes when I’m having a bad day.  I’m not ashamed to say that God talks to me everyday in the smallest ways, and those little messages mean so much to me.

I came into work today feeling good despite the fatigue that is resting on my shoulders.  When I opened up my email, my daily scripture was there waiting for me as usual.  And the verse just brought everything back to me full circle…..

Luke 10:41-42 And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”

How good is God that He sends us little messages to let us know He is still here, still loving us, despite our mistakes and worries. No matter how many times I fall, my  ‘good part…will not be taken away’ and I am still chasing after you Father.

Now it’s your turn:  What ‘good part’ do you hold close to your heart to get you through the day?  Your method may be a revelation and blessing to someone else, so please feel free to share!

Just Hold On

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Photo reposted from Joel Osteen Ministries via Facebook

                                                                                                          Photo courtesy of Joel Osteen Ministries via Facebook

Making the choice to devote your life to God is one of the best and easiest choices you will ever make.  Following through with that decision is the hard part. 

Follow through has always been difficult for me.  I like to think of an idea, pass it on, then move on.  Or…I’ll start the project, then start another one, and then another one.  Weeks later, I’m swimming in deadlines and guilt.

In the past few weeks, I’ve learned that it all requires one step at a time.  No matter what you do, you can’t rush God’s plan; so you might as well take your time, enjoy the lesson and the test.  The key is truly knowing that every test can turn into a testimony if you grind you heels in and be determined to not give up or give in.

In all reality, my electric should be cut off right now; I barely have food in the fridge to get through the weekend.  But I refuse to worry about my needs… God already told me He would supply all my needs (Phil 4:19), and He has.  My electric is still on; my neighbor, who happens to be a chef, came by yesterday to see if we needed anything, because we were on his heart…

I can promise you, that if you make the committment to God, He will reward you with an enjoyable life, even in the midst of the trials.  Since I’ve committed – truly committed myself, opportunites are opening for me left and right!!  I have been invited to seminars and trainings that I normally would not have access to.  I’ve put down bad habits that used to feel like my lifeline and I no longer even have a remote yearning to indulge in that lifestyle anymore.  God took all that away, to provide me a better way.  Life has been challenging, but it is now far from dull and boring. 

I continue to “press toward the mark” (Phil 3:14), because I have no doubt that the best is yet to come.  Not just for me, but for all that choose to believe and recieve!

Stay blessed friends! 😉

Are you a Boss?

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        Photo courtesy of OshoMentors      http://bit.ly/OshoMentors

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!

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!!!

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!

Extend Your Territory

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I know…Wow…right??

This is by far my favorite yoga teacher, Laura Sykora from http://twofitmoms.com. She posts absolutely beautiful pictures and amazing poses on Instagram (@laurasykora).  And the coolest part is she poses with her ‘minis’, her son and daughter!

Go check her out and hit that Follow button! You will not be disappointed!

The reason I wanted to use this picture was to visually demonstrate the idea of thinking past your borders.  When I first saw this picture, I was like…I will never be able to achieve that!!! Good Lord, look at her leg in the air!! 😱

But as with most things in life, true change will not come overnight.  And change will never work unless our mindset changes first. A change in mindset most often requires us to think outside the box and challenge our preconceived ideals.

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So now I don’t say “That’s not happening!” Instead I try to think, “When I get this pose down, I’m going to…”. And I challenge each of you to do the same.

What do you have on the horizon that you keep thinking you can’t do? I challenge you to extend your territory to find a way to realize your extraordinary!! And if you feel comfortable, please comment and share your challenge and your plan!;)