Just Breathe

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What if the wrong path is taken? Better yet, the wrong door is opened. It states in the Bible in

Revelation 3:7 (NIV) To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write:

These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.

With this being promised, why do these questions arise? I listed only two with plenty others where those came from. The mind can have you thinking things that make you go hmm. It is very tricky.

One day I was thinking about all the things I wanted to do, and my mind started to ramble with the questions above. As I was thinking about my future, I had many ideas come to mind. My list started to increase with various activities and opportunities. For instance, I was wondering if the job I recently selected was the right choice. Should I have waited for another door to open or go forward with the opportunity. It is interesting how your mind can work so fast. It is like you have several people talking all at once. However, it came to mind one thing I did not think of beforehand. That was to pray. You’ll be surprised how much prayer can change a situation. That’s why I love the acronym, “Pray Until Something Happens.” It’s like I was thinking these things I wanted to do but never stopped to ask God what He wanted for me. Wow! Aha Moment! Some may think, “why should I have to ask someone else about what I wanted to do when all I have to do is act on it myself?” Well I can tell you from experience a powerful God created me and knows me better than I know myself, so why not ask? He surely knows how many hairs I have on my head because, again, he created me. So this is why I ask. Try it for yourself and share your experience, but remember to stop, breathe, and PUSH. In the end, I was driving myself crazy making lists all the time and all I had to do was stop, breathe, and pray.

Thanks to Priscilla Shrier for sharing this verse on her blog http://www.goingbeyond.com that I had to share.

1 Corinthians 7:17 (MSG)

17 And don’t be wishing you were someplace else or with someone else. Where you are right now is God’s place for you. Live and obey and love and believe right there. God, not your marital status, defines your life. Don’t think I’m being harder on you than on the others. I give this same counsel in all the churches

Another year

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So today is my birthday and of course I am another year older. Wow I can not believe it I am in the over 35 club. This time last year I was excited because I was turning 35 and now this year it’s not so much a big deal. Why is that? I am content with my Pecan Praline Coffee by Community Coffee. This was my gift to myself. That’s when you know you are getting older.

As I was saying, last year I was so excited and trying to figure out what was next. This year I am still pressing through my goals to write and work in the nonprofit sector empowering youth. Some way and some how it will work out for me. I just have to wait it out a little while longer. However, some things are in the works but that voice on the inside just won’t bulge.

With getting older that little voice could be a pain at times but that’s when I have to be louder than it. Anyway, I won’t give up because my heart won’t let me. When you have something that you really want to do you just can’t let it go so easily especially when it’s truly a good one. So I will make my wish and wait for it to come true. For all the upcoming birthdays remember to make your wish.

With many more to come…

Life is not a competition it is a journey.

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I have traveled in circles a few times in my life. What about you? Ever have those feelings if you will ever come out of this cycle. To break it down for you, have you been to a track meet? Well I have, and I been on the course a few times to run a race that I try to win. Sometimes I come up short because I have gotten distracted looking at the person next to me or not truly focusing on the finish line. At times I have gotten tired or too weak before finishing. However, one thing is a true statement for most of us. That is, getting distracted looking at the person in the next lane wondering how far are they ahead. It could be other things this person is doing to get you off focus.

Moreover, focusing on your prize is key because the prize that awaits the other person is totally different. We all have goals and want to be successful but it comes with a price called sacrifice. When you want something so bad that you will do anything to get it. As it relates to this race, it take time, patience, and endurance, but you will get there.

We all have been given different paths in life. Boy, did I have to learn this for myself. You were not designed to be like someone else. We each are formed in a unique way to live a life that is pleasing to our Lord God. He wants us to represent Him in everything that we do. Of course we will fall short, but we can get back up and try again. Can we try complementing instead of competing in this journey of life, because we are all trying to finish at the same place.

The Lord your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands. He has watched over your journey through this vast wilderness. These forty years the Lord your God has been with you, and you have not lacked anything. Deuteronomy 2:7

The fight of your life.

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Just when things start turning around, a problem forms. Some say it is not good to question God, but I bring up a lot to Him. In my head I can hear the nursery rhyme that goes, “the wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round, all through the town.” That might sound odd, but when life brings you back in a circle that is a big deal. It will have you doing a lot of thinking and praying.

I have been faced with a health issue that came about once I started to pursue a passion of mine. It has caused a lot of deep thinking. However, I knew that this was not going to be easy. During this process, I questioned myself wondering if I could handle it, and how could I pull this off? That’s when the racing thoughts started spiraling in my head. “Oh boy, when will they stop,” I asked. Thoughts came from everywhere. At times I had to question what was true or false.

We all get faced with things all the time. There is not a dull moment for trials and tribulations. What do you do? I had to ask myself this because I had gotten to a point where the negative thoughts were trying to outweigh the positive. I was thinking there is a true beast in my head who does not want me to move forward. He wanted me to stay where I was. I felt like I was in the fight for my life. I was fighting my flesh vs my inner spirit. Wow, you’re talking about a battle. That is one that will have you crawling on your knees.

When you are in a battle, you pick everything you can but only one thing can save you.  Decisions have to be made. Will I stay or fight? So raise up your sleeves, take off your jewelry and dust yourselves off and get ready because it will not be over until the fat lady sings.