Live Free Challange

So, this isn’t your ordinary 30-day ABS or Butt Challenge. This is a challenge that is meant to awaken your spirit and the GIANT that’s lurking inside of you. Most of us are living well below our capacity. We have the ability to do and be anything that we please but we allow FEAR in the form of Self-Doubt, Depression, Anxiety, Jealousy, Shame, Sadness, Grief, etc. to creep in and wreak havoc in our lives. As a result, we fail to reach the goals we set for ourselves OR we stay in toxic relationships with toxic people OR we never find the courage to leave an unfulfilling work environment.

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Live Free

 

Happy October Ya’ll!!!!

October is one of my favorite months because it falls within one of my favorite seasons of the year, which is Fall. I absolutely love how pretty this time of year is. And let’s not forget that this is also the time of year when you can find just about anything in pumpkin flavor: I’m talking Lattes, Butters, Cookies, Bread, Cereal….need I say more!

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Focused Mission

There will never be a time when you will not face some form of opposition. Especially, when you’re on an ordained assignment, the enemy will try to do everything he can – using everyone he can – to deter you from getting what you were called to receive.

In these moments, YOU MUST START WITH PRAYER!

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Do You!

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There are some things that God puts in your heart that’s only for you and YOU ALONE! It’s human nature for people to want approval and validation from their peers but this passage is all about “knowing that you know” that God has spoken a word to YOU and its up to YOU to trust that word and step out on faith to do (or be) what he has called you to do.

It’s evident that everyone will not always be on your side, especially when God gives you an assignment like “Rebuild the Wall,” and if we go around telling everyone whats only meant for us than we become discouraged, doubtful and fearful. It’s time for us to take courage, quit over thinking everything and do the work that God calls us to do each and everyday.

Be encouraged and courageous today as you move forward in your journey knowing that God is with you every step of the way!

Why Worry?

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First, let me begin by wishing you all a Happy New Year!!!! I hope you all are off to a great start for this new year, setting goals and making plans to accomplish something this year.

So, yeah…2014 was a doozy! Lol! Seriously, I am grateful the Lord kept me and blessed me with the grace to see another year but I would be remised  if I didn’t take a moment to reflect (cautiously…no need to beat a dead horse) on 2014.

You see, 2014 for me was much like the Winters we have here in Ohio. If you don’t know, Ohio weather can be a little CRAZY, to say the least. All jokes aside, one day its bright, sun is shining and you are up and feeling good about the day. The next day…its gray, windy and raining cats and dogs. (Side note: I never understood what that saying actually meant…one day, I will take the time to research the meaning behind raining furry animals).

Totally sidetracked, where was I? Ok, yes the CRAZY weather of Ohio. Let me not forget the creme-de-la creme…Ohio Snow. Ohio Snow sucks – plain and simple. Its frigid cold and most of the time the flakes are huge and wet and they cause an absolute mess for travelers who completely forget how to drive once this wet mess hits the pavement. {inserting a moment to catch my breath} Can you feel the frustration rising…but I digress. Winter anywhere is tough, which also includes the winter season of our lives.

Winter is the season where it seems like nothing is happening. The season where you take one step forward and end up taking two steps back. The season where challenges are raging like storms. The season where you feel alone, depressed and discouraged. Winter is just flat out tough.

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To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under the season. 

~Ecclesiastes 3:1

Well, 2014 and even this early part of 2015, feels much like the season of Winter. Closed doors, missed opportunities, challenges around every corner, visits to the hospital, one trip to the funeral home and a fiery microwave (true story for another time). But in the midst of all this blizzard like chaos, there is the peacefulness of God’s Grace that encourages me every day. I know that through this Grace I can (and must) continue to PRESS FORWARD despite the rage and fierceness of the storm because I realize that God is more than the Blessing and the Grace…he is also the storm. If he is the storm, than Why Worry? Why doubt? Why get wrapped up in the Winters of our lives when he is the ONE that has orchestrated this very moment you and I are sharing right now. It is this Winter season that will change the trajectory of my life. It is in this season that I am learning the virtue of patience, timing, faith and peace.

You don’t need everything to be right in your life in order to be all right. You don’t need happiness in your life in order to choose happiness. You don’t need money to start dreaming. You don’t need an education to pursue your dream. You don’t need a partner to realize your dream. The one thing you do need is God. Allow him to come into your life and establish some unshakeable roots.

I believe real roots are established in the Winter; the deeper the root, the stronger the plant. On the contrary, the more shallow the root, the weaker the plant. Think about the kind of life you want to have. Do you want to spend your life being blown around by the wind and storms of life? Do you want to continue to feel hopeless and helpless every time something bad happens? OR do you want to know the true promises of God, which tell you:

  •   That you are the head and not the tail; I am above only and not beneath.~ Deuteronomy 28:13
  •  That you can do all things through Christ who Strengthens You. ~Philippians 4:13
  • That with men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible. ~Matthew 19:26
  • That we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. ~2 Corinthians 4:16
  • That God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7

These are only a few of the promises that God has told us are ours, if only we believe. So, do not be discouraged if you’re in a rut (a.k.a. winter season) right now. Know that this time in your life has meaning and value. Don’t spend your time wishing this season away because Spring and Summer will be here before you know it. Instead, take time to establish your roots in the ground by putting in the work and by reading the word of God everyday. Step out on Faith and get ready to see where the Lord and his Grace take you next!

Until next time!

Remember to Live for the Journey!

Be Still

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Be Still.

Do not move. Do not waver. And don’t you doubt.

Be Still.

Quiet your mind so you can hear your heart – for the one in control will speak thru your heart.

Be Still.

Choose to believe even when your heart aches and your disappointed and the storms are raging and you’re at your wits end.

Be Still.

This moment will not last forever. Your time is coming so you better get ready.

But for now, just BE STILL and know that he is your God.

Day 6 of Meditation Challenge – Feeling Hope

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Hope Lights My Path

If your just joining me or happen to come across my little blog space, I am participating in a 21-Day Meditation Challenge that you can learn more about here. I would encourage you to at least give this a try, if only to try something new. My posts are a few days behind the actual meditations but thats ok! My plan was to show up for the process of Meditation and memorialize my thoughts and experiences thru my blog, and hopefully unlock some areas (or things) inside of me that have been weighing me down.

Today, is one of those days where I am reminded that I am exactly where I need to be. Although I completed this meditation a few days ago…today is the day that I needed this message the most.

Meditation Takeaway: Just as a man can not live without dreams, one can not live without hope. Hope is the force that grounds you and lifts you up at the same time. It is not passive. Its a choice, often a daily choice that we all have to decide to make. Hope will open a new path where there was no path.

You know that feeling of being trapped right? I know we all do. Trapped by the everyday crap of life. Well, hope looks pass all of that. Recognize that we have no clue what’s around the next corner of our lives. But here we are making judgments and decisions based off the limited information and forecasting ability that we have. Yeah, your situation might look bleak right now….but that is JUST RIGHT NOW!

Hope is here to remind us that there is MORE…you don’t need to know what MORE is right now because if you did than you would. Because you don’t, I feel pretty confident that your not quite ready for the MORE that’s planned for you just yet.

So what do we do? We give in to the process of life and our journey and choose HOPE. When you are connected to yourself, you will sense what you need to do to improve any situation. Today, I felt a little hopeless…I knew what I needed to do. I needed to think…write…create. Everyday that I choose to do this, not knowing what the end result will be, is a day that I am choosing HOPE.

I AM LETTING GO and CHOOSING HOPE! 

~Shayla