Doing the opposite

Have you ever had a time where you could not get yourself out of a rut? I know it’s not a good feeling, but I’m thankful for the good days that outweigh the bad.  Getting oneself out of a bad place takes time and effort to say to self, “yes I can.” Lately, when I realize those moments of darkness try to consume I have said to myself, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” Philipians  4:13 NKJV.  There comes a point when all you can do is turn to God.  There is a song that I love, “Encourage Yourself,” that I am thankful to be reminded of during moments like these. It says, “speak over yourself, encourage yourself in the Lord”.  Sometimes we don’t know what to do when caught off guard, but remember you are not alone. Change the story and do the opposite.

-LaShondra Glover

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When the bell sounds

We’ve made it to the start of another school year. Wow does time go by so fast when you’re having fun. For some, long mornings to sleep like you’re on vacation everyday. While others take in a few summer classes or a job. Whatever the situation, it was different than your typical Monday through Friday that occur during August to June. Getting prepared for the school year rears you into shopping, doctors visits and last minute school paperwork. It is one of those things that reminds you the job is never finished. When the bell sounds we get back in the groove of things.

I believe when we’re starting an assignment we are equipped to handle everything that comes our way, eventhough we may not look forward to it. I remember when starting school it was a rush of emotions because of the preparation involved. Being excited to see friends, but not too excited to hit the books. As I got older, the preparation was still a rush of emotions, but later feelings turned to accomplishing the next mission. What a huge deviation?! Regardless, it came over time just how our relationship with God develops over time.

We are all on a mission to fulfull our purpose. Each one is different, but it’s for the greater good. I hope that regardless what task is presented to us that we run our race and don’t let it run us. The bible says in Ecclesiastes 9:11,

The race is not to the swift,
Nor the battle to the strong,
Nor bread to the wise,
Nor riches to men of understanding,
Nor favor to men of skill;
But time and chance happen to them all.

When in doubt, confused, disappointed, discouraged or just feeling overwhelmed, just pray and stand still and watch God move. He will direct your path even when the bell sounds.

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Decisions Decisions

decisionsNot long ago I had moved forward with plans for starting a nonprofit but realized there were a lot of pieces to the puzzle. I have spoken to several professionals to give insight from their entrepreneurial path, and it has mostly been the same advice. The majority have shared to step out on faith with your project. I have taken classes, attended seminars, and networked, but something was missing. That something was finishing what I had started. I am the person who wants to do it all at the same time, but I have to remind myself I am not superwoman.

My first project I started collecting clothing donations and collaborating with other organizations. I realized quickly more workers were needed when I started to get sickly. Yes, I tried to do everything and other doors were opening for me. With me getting sickly I knew it was on me because I had to do it my way. Instead of listening I was stuck at a crossroads, and I had taken a step back from the opportunities that were presented. I had worked myself into a mess all because I did not listen to what God had told me all along. My plans are not His plans, and I did not understand. All I knew is that I had decisions to make, and it had to get done quickly.

So here I am with a new start taking it one step at a time. One thing I know this time around is that it is best to listen to the voice that will never lead me wrong. Being attentive to His voice so that I do not get off track helps, but listening is key. So when faced with life decisions ask, receive and act.

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV)

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

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

Beautiful Works

To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them Beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that might be glorified. Isaiah 61:3

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It was expected to have a lot of rain coming through the area. With this being the last month for hurricane season some have been fortunate. Whereas, for some their experience brought caution to others. Although we are not certain what may come our way, but one thing to remember is we are not alone.

With this time of year the change in seasons brings us to a shift in time, the grounds covered with leaves, and countdown to the end of the hurricane season. Moreover, this reminds us we are getting closer to the end of another year. So get ready to pull out your winter gear if you have not done so. For some of us it is the most wonderful time of the year.

The coolness in the air brings the whistling in the trees. It brings to view the variations of trees that surround us.  From the ground it sprouts to form unique shades of beauty. Strong and enduring to withstand the wind and rain is a picturesque work that has risen before us.

No matter what the circumstance the power of our Lord God is at work on His timing. Seasons come and go but just like the tree He is strong and mighty. The winds may blow and the waters may rise around us but He has not forgotten us. Just like the storms of life we never know what we may face, but be encouraged to know that if He brought us to it He’ll bring us through it. Going through our seasonal experiences we will go through periods of  high and low temperatures, storms, gusty winds and high waters but knowing the best is yet to come at the end. To God be the Glory.

Lift Him up

LG picBut you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9

Walking a path not sure of what lies ahead can become an adventure. During the journey you come to find out who you are created to be. It’s in this time period where your relationship with God is deepened. He is preparing you for something great that He chose you for. Are you ready?

In order to get to the end you will encounter some uncomfortable spots but He will still be there to help you along the way. One of the ways He helps you is by allowing a song to capture your heart. Before you know it you will find yourself being free to sing anywhere sending up enchanting arrangements to God.

When praises go up blesses comes down. You are chosen. So whatever trouble that may come your way its temporary. Shake it off and know that your Heavenly Father is with you every step of the way. He will be your light in a dark place. He will give you His eyes and ears to get through it. You may stumble but thank God for grace and mercy to get back up again.