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The Power of Counting Blessings

Counting our blessings is not just about forming an attitude of gratitude; It’s about attracting and allowing room for more positive things to happen in our lives. One would agree that a glass is either half full, or empty based on your perspective. When we focus our attention on our blessings, we have more joy in our lives. Our hearts become merry, and we are able to be love, and share that gift with everyone that crosses our path. When we count our blessings, we shift our mindset from negative thinking, to positive thinking, which affects everything around us. It opens us up to receive more blessings, and positive things in our lives. We develop a new vision, and are able to see God’s hand in our lives even more. Counting our blessings allows us to give constant praise to the Heavenly Father for all He is doing, and has already done for us. When we count our blessings, we are reassured that everything that happens in our lives whether good or bad, will have a positive ending. Whatever things you may be going through in this very moment, has to come to an end. In the same way that the seasons change, so does the seasons of life. Take time to embrace the reasons to be grateful in your life. Allow your mind to be free from the constant state of worry. In all things, continue to acknowledge, and give thanks to the Heavenly Father for the many blessings He continues to pour upon your life. No longer focus on what’s missing from your life, but focus on all that has been added unto you. You are truly blessed, and so is everything around you.

Bible Verse Psalm 103:2

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A Shift In Perspective

As I ran out the door, I realized that I had forgotten my cell phone. I dashed back in the house, only to find myself searching for an additional ten minutes. Already running fifteen minutes behind schedule, I then hit traffic that was backed up from the morning rush, and what appeared to be an accident. I let out a sigh of frustration because I was going to be even later for my appointment, my entire day had been ruined because of this one thing.

We can all relate to that short story. We have all had days that did not start so well, and left us frustrated, and mad at the world. If you are like me, that short story somewhat drained you because your aurora is positive energy, and any form of negativity or complaining drains you. It’s easy to look at negative things that happen in our lives from an ungrateful point of view. We seem to grow more impatient, and self-centered everyday, leaving no room for seeing or caring for anyone outside of our circle. Sometimes it’s hard to see all of the positive forces that are at play in our lives, and take so many things for granted. If we took time to look at things from a view-point of gratitude, we would realize how blessed we truly are. ‘Lets rewrite that story.’

As I ran out the door, I realized that I had forgotten my cell phone. I dashed back in the house, only to find myself searching for an additional ten minutes. Already running fifteen minutes behind schedule, I then hit traffic that was backed up from the morning rush, and what appeared to be an accident, that happened about 15 minutes ago. Although I was running fifteen minutes behind, I realized had I not went back for my phone, I too would have been involved in that accident. I began to pray for those involved, and thanked God for the delay in my morning, and His grace. Once I made it to my appointment, I realized that I had written the wrong time down, and was still 30 minutes early. This is going to be a great day!

I pray that you will develop a new perspective regarding the things in your life that appear to be negative. Ask God to give you a new vision, so that you may walk in continuous gratitude for the things that are so easily taken for granted.

Bible Verse Psalm 50:23

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A Life Well Lived

We all have our own versions of what a well lived life looks like. Some believe that a well lived life, is to have lavish material possessions. There are those who believe that a well lived life, is only well lived, if you have lots of financial wealth. To be honest, I use to think that way also. With time, and wisdom, I now know that neither material possessions, nor financial gains, are terms for having a life well lived.  Steve Jobs once said,My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s clear the most precious resource we all have is time.” We don’t always see time as a gift. We have become so accustomed to waking up everyday, that we’ve started taking it for granted. A life well lived, is spending time with the ones we love. Taking the time to enjoy your family, and friends. Being the light in someones darkness. A life well lived, is helping others without expecting anything in return. It’s taking moments out of your busyness, to live, and be in the moment. It’s opening yourself up to be loved, and appreciated. It’s allowing yourself to be free, by offering forgiveness to those that have mistreated you. It’s taking the time to smile, being thankful for your health, and giving. I once read that the time we were born, and the time we die doesn’t really matter. What truly matters, is what we do with the time in between. What will your dash say? What will you be remembered for? Take sometime to be in the moment. Think about what a life well lived, looks like to you. I pray that you will start to see that time is truly a gift, and live a life, well lived.

Bible Verse Matthew 6:31-34

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Recovering What Was Lost

When life happens, what do you do? When your passions lose their flame, how do you reignite it? When all hope seems lost, and you find yourself losing faith, how do you recover? Often times in life, we find ourselves feeling stuck. We feel hopeless because of unfortunate events that may have transpired in our lives. Maybe you tried so hard to accomplish something, and it just didn’t work out the way you planned. Maybe you have been laboring on your dream, and it seems like things are just not progressing the way you hoped. Maybe you didn’t get a good start, and you feel like that’s the end of your story. Whatever that thing is that you feel is lost, can be recovered. Yes! your hope, and faith, can be restored. Your dreams can be restored. Your courage, and strength can be restored also. When we look past the negative experiences that have happened to us, and see them as lessons learned, we have the ability to turn them into positive energy. We began to see things that transpire in our lives not so much as failures, or set backs, but as lessons learned. I personally prefer to call them “better plans.” I don’t know what the future holds for me, but God does. I can’t see where the decisions that I thought was great would lead me, but God can. When I changed my perspective, it changed the way I felt about the detours in my life. Instead of losing hope, when things didn’t go my way, I began to thank God for saving me from the things I cannot see in the future. We don’t know what Gods plan is, but we have to know that his plan for our lives is good. In fact, its way better than what we think is good. So, when you find yourself feeling discouraged, hopeless, and at the end of your rope, ask God to give you a new vision. Ask him to help you see beyond what’s in front of you. Thank him for saving you from the things in which you cannot see. He is faithful, and will restore all things that appear to be broken in your life. I pray that your hope is restored, your faith increased, and you see your dreams as possible.

“When we push past the limitations of our minds, magic happens” Elena Green

Bible Verses Jeremiah 29:11

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It Is Written

We all know that the bible is our ( Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth). We also know that it is a source of help, and where we learn, grow, and build a stronger faith. Although we know these things, often times we find ourselves not following the instructions that are written. We worry about the future, and stress ourselves out over things that may not even happen. We allow our minds to become consumed with negative thoughts, which convert to negative emotions. We allow our untamed mind, will, and emotions, to run us rampant. Over the years, and throughout my faith walk, I have come to understand that having faith, does not mean we won’t have negative thoughts. Having faith does not mean that we won’t doubt from time to time, and it definitely does not mean we won’t face various trials in life. What faith means, is that we have complete faith, trust, and confidence, that everything will work out for us. It means that we have confidence in the Heavenly Father, and the instructions that He has given us. When Jesus was tempted in the wilderness by Satan, he converted back to what was already written. He started every response with,”It is written.” How awesome would it be if we would just use those three simple words, followed by a scripture for every negative thought, and situation in our lives. It is written, that I shall live and not die. It is written, that man shall not live on bread alone. It is written that your plans for me are good. It is written that I am the head and not the tail. It is written, that I am the light of the world. It is written, that you will fight my battles. It is written, that I will soar on wings like eagles. We have to start using the tools, and instructions that the Heavenly Father has given us not only as our hope, but as a weapon for the battle ground of our minds. Be encouraged, and know that the Heavenly Father loves, and desires for you to have a blessed life. He desires for you to live unburdened. He has great plans for your life. Everything that you experience, good, or bad, will work in your favor. How do I know these things you ask? Because “IT IS WRITTEN!”

Bible Verses Mathew 4:1-11

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You Deserve Better

So often, we go through life not truly knowing our worth. Most people measure their worth by their past experiences. Maybe they were in a bad relationship where they were mistreated. Some people even experience an unhealthy childhood where they were verbally abused by their parents. Whatever the situation is, it shapes our perspective of who we believe ourselves to be. This was my story for more than a decade of my life. A mixture of bad relationships, and an unhealthy childhood shaped my perspective. I walked around polished on the outside, but broken on the inside. Walking around depressed and ashamed is not how our Heavenly Father wants us to be.  We have to come to a point where we realize we are not all of the lies people have told us. We are not those abusive relationships, nor our unfortunate childhood. We also have to realize that we can only acknowledge our past, and embrace our futures. Sometimes being positive, and overcoming past hurts is easier said than done, lets be honest. You have to know that you deserve better, and God desires to give you better.

Renewing our minds to Gods truths about us is a process. You may be at a point in your life where you feel like you are out of options. You may have had to deal with an unfortunate situation that has left you broken, and confused. Know that our Heavenly Father is the mender of broken hearts. He restores the things that were taken from us. He upholds us when we feel weak and weary. When He went to the cross, He knew that you were worth it. He has already given you the victory, you just have to believe it. You have to get to a point where you believe that you deserve to be happy. You deserve to be loved. You deserve to be treated with respect. You deserve to have a mind of peace. Understanding who you are, and who’s you are has the ability to change your perspective. Know that you are a child of the most high God. Our Heavenly Father has our best interest, and will never fail us. Today, pick up your head, stand tall, and walk in the confidence knowing that you deserve better.

My Prayer

Father, help us to renew our minds so that we can overcome our past hurts. Open our eyes so that we can view the cross as an example of our worth. Restore minds to peace, and mend the broken hearted. Give us the confidence to continue to walk in the victory that you have already given to us.

Corinthians 3:5 Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God.

Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,

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Dear Insecurities

Why is it that we don’t do the things that we truly desire to do? Why do we second guess our abilities when God tells us to move? Why do we care so much about what other people think, and say about us, rather than believing  in ourselves?

Dear insecurities, I don’t like how you make me feel when I think about stepping out on my dreams. I don’t like the fact that you keep me held bound by fear, rather than allowing me to spread my wings and fly. Every-time I feel like I can do anything I set my mind to, you tell me that I can’t. You constantly remind me of my past, and tell me that I am not good enough. You tell me that it is better for me to stay inside of my comfort zone, because it is safe there. Constantly,

you make me feel the need to compare myself to others. You tell me that I am not pretty enough to matter. You constantly remind me of my age, and tell me that I am too old to even try. For most of my life, I have allowed you to control my decisions, dreams, and emotions. At times, I question my being because I have allowed your voice to become louder than my faith. You tell me that I will always be alone, because you desire to keep me to yourself. Lately, I have realized that you only exist in the realms of my mind. I have given you too much control over my life, and there is only room for one of us to continue to exist. I have decided that you can no longer be a part of my life. You have been evicted immediately!

No longer will I allow you to manipulate and control my life. I refuse to continue to listen to the lies that you continue to feed my mind. Today I choose to spread my wings and fly. I will step outside of my comfort zone so that I can grow. My dreams, and visions are awaiting their conductor, so therefore I must go. It is clear that I created you over the years, by believing the lies of my childhood, relationships, and opinions of others. Although you are gone, you must know that I will not be alone. I have chosen to replace you with FAITH. She tells me that I can, even when I think I can’t. She tells me that I am more than a conquer. When I feel like quitting, she reminds me that I am the missing piece. She always reminds me why I started, and encourages me to live outside of my comfort zone. When I see, and hear the opinions of others, she blocks them and tells me to move forward. She is the exact opposite of you, and desires the best for me. Although I have known you longer than I have known Faith, I can’t imagine living life without her. Farewell insecurities, this relationship is officially over.

We all have a hard time letting go of the limitations of our minds, so therefore I decided to write the letter for you. It is time for you to blossom, but there is only room for you, and not your insecurities. Don’t allow yourself to become limited by something that you control (Mind). You are the conductor of your dreams, and visions, and you have a job to do. If you never go, you’ll never know; it’s time for you to get moving.

My Prayer

Father, thank you for appointing us. Strengthen us for the journey ahead, so that we are victorious before we even get started. In all that we do, help us to remember to acknowledged you…… AMEN

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.

Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

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Dare To Dream

Have you ever had a dream, or desire, that was so big, that whenever you thought about it, you became filled with emotions; emotions of excitement, hope, and an overwhelming sense of joy? I once heard a quote that said “If your dreams don’t scare you, they’re not big enough.” When I first set out on my mission to give hope, inspire, and encourage those who would be placed along my path, I had no idea how I was going to do it. I didn’t even know if anyone would take the time to listen to what my heart had to say. I was nervous, and even had my doubts. Although I had my doubts, my desire, and dream, to change the world was much stronger. Today I am grateful that I dared to dream. Today I am thankful that I have been able to share my heart with people all around the world, and give hope. Often times in life, we choose to live from within. We keep our dreams to ourselves, and only imagine what it would be like. Maybe we’re afraid of rejection from others. Maybe you’re afraid that no one will listen. Maybe you just don’t know where to start. Whatever your reason is, you have the ability to overcome those obstacles. Most of our obstacles only exist within our minds. That’s why so many of us have talked ourselves out of pursuing things in life, without ever physically doing anything. Today, is a new turning point. Today, we say no to giving up. Today, we say no to fear. Today, we say no to procrastination. Today, we will dare to dream. I encourage you to take your dreams off the shelf, and place them in your heart again. Give your dreams hope, by overcoming those mental roadblocks. You are stronger than you think you are. We all have the ability to dream, and we all have the ability to make them a reality. Remember, just because we have the ability to do something, does not mean that we will. One of the best things we can do for ourselves, is to be honest with ourselves. I encourage you to take a moment during your day, and get honest. What things are you allowing to steal your dreams? What thoughts of defeat have you given life? Remember that you are an over comer, and there is nothing that you can’t do. You have all that you need to get started, and everything thing else will come if you just start walking. I believe in you, but you must believe in you too. So, get up, have faith, and dare to dream.

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Did You Already Quit?

When I first set out on my journey to change the world, I had no idea what would be involved. I learned early on that thinking about something, and doing it were two completely different things. I didn’t see the late nights, and early morning ahead. I didn’t see having to stop my work every five minutes to attend to my children. I didn’t see the days of frustration that came with building a vision from scratch. Although I am still growing in many areas, and there is still a lot to be learned, I am glad I didn’t quit prematurely. So often in life, we give up when faced with a little opposition. The thought of failure cripples us before we even try. We quit, and count ourselves out because we don’t think we can accomplish what we desire to do. At some point in our lives, we have to become tired of giving up. We have to learn how to push past the negative voices in our minds that tell us we are not good enough, and that it’s easier to just quit.

It’s time for you to reprogram your thinking. You are good enough. You are able. You have all that you need. You are not a quitter. You deserve better. You are a world changer. You are stronger than you think. You will not be defeated. You are an over comer. These are just a few things that I would speak to myself until I believed them. You have to do the same thing. Whatever your goals are, remember that Rome was not built-in a day. Be patient with yourself, and embrace the journey. It’s not the destination that brings the best out of us, it’s the things that we learn along the way. Be encouraged, keep going after your dreams, and your goals. If you quit yesterday, simply start over today. If you already quit today, start over now. Every second is the start of a new beginning. I believe in you, and I know that there is nothing that you can’t do. Have enough faith in yourself to keep trying, keep pressing, and keep pushing.

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You’re Not Alone

As the Christmas holiday approaches, I am filled with mixed emotions. I’m excited that once again we are able to come together and celebrate the birth of our savior. I am also excited that I get to travel with my family, and visit friends and family in different states. I love the smell of hot chocolate on Christmas eve. I enjoy serving my family, and making chocolate chip pancakes topped with whipped cream for my girls. Making myself and my husband a fresh cup of coffee while snuggled up on the couch. This brings me such joy, and makes my heart warm. I am also reminded of the many people that lost loved ones. They don’t have the same luxury that a lot of us do. The holidays are some of the toughest times for a lot of people to get through. I think about the pain and the emptiness people feel. For those that don’t have family or friends to spend the holidays with. I think about the homeless, and less fortunate. I hurt for those that are hurting because they are not able to see their mother, father, or children due to them going to heaven. I think about the orphans that feel rejected. I hurt for those that are sad and depressed, and feel like they are all alone. If I could, I would reach out to every hurting soul in the world, and comfort them in any way that I could. Even though I’m not able to touch every heart in the world, I sure am going to try.

The truth is, we never know what people are going through. We should all be ready and willing to be love to others in any way that we can. Their are so many ways to be love to another. Say hello, hold the door, give a hug,  or buy someone a hot meal. You can even gift  someone with your beautiful smile. People need to know that they are not alone. Even if its a complete stranger, just be love. Be a better you than you were yesterday. Show people through your actions that they are not alone, and that you understand their pain.

If you are one of those beautiful souls that has a hurting heart this holiday season, know that I love you dearly, and am standing with you. I’m sending you one thousand hugs and kisses. Know that you are not alone. Our father in heaven loves you dearly, and will comfort you in your time of need. Go to him, and allow him to mend your broken heart, wipe away your tears, and hold you tight.

My Prayer

Father God, thank you for being a good father. Thank you for restoring my heart of compassion for others. Help us to remember to be love to one another, and not to be so self absorbed this holiday season. help us to treat everyone with love, kindness and respect. I ask for a special blessing for those who are less fortunate, the orphans, those who have lost loved ones, and those that have hurting hearts. Comfort them lord, and let them know that they are not alone.

Ephesians4:32

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you