Blessed

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Blessed is she who believed that the Lord will fulfill His promises to her. Luke 1:45

God wants you to live a blessed life! God wants you to be fulfilled in what you do. He wants you to be empowered by His Word and what He has planned for you. Yes, He has plans for you. Whether they are big or what some would call small, He planned it, for a reason. All you have to do is believe that He will give you meaning, that His promises from the Bible will be fulfilled. There are ways, steps to take to live that blessed life we all want so much.

First, you must have a relationship with God. It is not enough to claim we know Him and do nothing to show it. We are to live to serve Him, not others and not the enemy. God is the only way to true life and happiness. Tithing our finances is another step in living that blessed life. Many feel this can be overlooked, why do we need to give money to the church. This is, in fact, one of the most important steps in servitude. Tithing your money will bless you in many ways, starting financially. When you give your money with a happy, generous attitude, you will begin to see God’s work in your life and finances.

Blessings others with what we are given. This can be our money, or our talents. One of my talents is teaching, I just love to see kids grow, especially spiritually. I give time every week to teaching on Sundays and again on Wednesdays. This is the highlight of my week. Going to church and seeing their faces, helping them learn and grow in Christ. We are to improve our abilities, whatever they are. Like I said, I enjoy teaching. In order to teach kids about Christ, I must learn about Him. Each year I go on a women’s retreat to renew myself in the Lord. I use this time to reflect and pray about the year so far and the year to come. It is a weekend full of praise, worship and breakout sessions so we can learn the best way to serve Christ and be fulfilled in our work for Him.

Biblical Empowerment

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She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future. Proverbs 31:25

Wow! What a verse that describes how we are to view women. Not as weak creatures with little or nothing to offer the world. No, God tells us that women are equal to men in every way. Women possess great power and dignity. We are full of grace, love, kindness, compassion and empathy. Men often lack many of these attributes. Men and women are equal, but not the same. It’s okay to say that because God has a purpose for both men and women, He did not create us to be the same. Equal, yes. The same? No…

God is within her, she will not fall. Psalm 46:5

When we take God into our lives, He is with us and will not let us fall. Does that mean we will live a perfect life, without hardship or pain? No, it simply means He is there for us, to catch us, to understand and help us along the way. We must choose our path of righteousness. We much look to Him for answers, clarity and mercy. Starting each day in His Word will help us with that. How does that look? Well, for me, personally, I start each day with yoga, to clear my mind and help me focus. I then do Bible readings and devotions. I wrap it up with prayer time. My mornings are filled with Christian music, no tv, no news, no social media. Just me and God. This takes time, discipline, the ability to get up each day earlier than everyone else.

These next several days I will be sharing some verses and insights to those verses to empower us all as women and get us through the day in His Word.

 

Creative

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Being a creative thinker means to take what we know and turn it into a strength we can use to empower ourselves to be more, be the best we can be. As a teacher and freelance writer I tap into my creative side each day. Whether it is lesson planning or blogging, I need that part of me to live each day to its fullest. I listen to music that will get those juices flowing as I am planning or writing.

Whether it is art, or coaching others, teaching, nursing or just being at home you can tap into this awesome entity of yourself and use it. It is my passion to think outside of the box to solve problems. You need to live life as fully and creatively as possible. Believe in yourself and in the empowerment inside of you and what you have to offer the world.

Discover your creative voice. Before you are truly able to, know who you are you need to know what is true in your own heart. Listen to the creative impulses you already have inside of you. They will point you toward knowing who you are and what is right for your life. Your inner voice will guide you to your deepest desires and passions. You must claim your worthiness and get rid of any negative beliefs you have about yourself.

Identify your personal purpose and meaning in life. Doing this will help line up all your focus, actions and investments. What you make of different events and experiences that happen in your life is up to you and no one else. What happens to you because of the actions and decisions of others is out of your control. Stop giving away your power to others because of what they may think of you. Stop looking outside of God and yourself for approval and worthiness. Be worthy in God’s eyes and your own. It is a journey, relationship and practice that comes from within.

Without faith, you have nothing, faith in God, faith in yourself. Faith fuels the imagination and creates reality. Make space in your life for what you want. Expect it to come and let life blow your mind. Commit to be creative in all you do. Without commitment you will fail.

I would love to hear about some of your creative life experiences. What do you do to keep creativity flowing in your life?

Purposeful

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Living life should always have purpose. Some kind of meaning. No matter who you are. I don’t just mean as a mother, or a wife. You need to figure out who you are and live your life to the fullest. I believe in living each day with intention and purpose. Live a purpose driven life. What does that look like? How can one live purposefully each day?

There are five steps that can help you succeed at this.

  1. Live in the present moment. Many people are either regretting what happened in the past or worrying about the future. God has a plan for you. It isn’t up to you to know His plan. It is your job to live according to His Will for you. Once you start living in the here and now you will soon see what it is God wants for you.
  2. Focus on one thing. As we live day-to-day we often catch ourselves multi-tasking, trying to accomplish more than one thing at a time. This often leads to stuff not getting done correctly and sometimes having to do a task over in order to get it the way it is supposed to be. If we slow down and do one thing at a time, we will get it done and save time in the process. Life doesn’t have to be so hectic and rushed all the time. We get more stressed when we thing it all has to be done at once.
  3. Make changes today, not tomorrow. I was at my daughter’s youth group retreat this weekend. For 24 hours these teens learn how to be godly men and women. It was amazing, eye-opening, to  see how these kids choose to spend that 24 hours. No phones, up at 5:00 am to read their Bible and get the most out of this time. At the very end the youth pastor asked them to write three things down they took away from the retreat. I have three kids that were and they each took something different away. They were asked to make a goal. They each made a different goal. But, they were all told to begin right away, don’t wait. If you are planning to make a change, do it now, don’t wait.
  4. Be of service to others. This is something my church is adamant about. Jesus came to serve, not be served. He washed the feet of His disciples. I am a children’s leader at my church and I absolutely love it. I love teaching as much as I can to the younger generation about Jesus and what He did for them, how much He loves them. I went with my oldest daughter to Soles for Jesus. We sorted shoes to send over to Africa. They often do not have money to purchase shoes. Along with these shoes for their feet they receive the Gospel. That is truly amazing. People from here got to Africa, wash these people’s feet and give them a pair of very much-needed shoes. It was humbling to know we were the last people to touch these shoes that were going there with such a powerful message.
  5. Practice. We need to put our intentions into practice. I intend to do yoga tomorrow before my Bible reading and devotion. That means I have to get up earlier, get ready and do my yoga. Then I have to do my readings and devotion, before 6:00 am, when the first child of the day will arrive. If there is an area that you feel led to grow in then you must practice it everyday. Not here and there or whenever you feel like it. It has to be everyday, in order for it to become second nature or habit.

These five steps seem easy enough to follow, but I can tell you they can be hard. On days that you just don’t want to do life, you have to get up, be intentional and purposeful.

Thriving

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Phew! I have so busy this week. Four kids plus owning a business means I am always up, on by toes and busy. I feel like I haven’t had any time to sit, let alone write. There was Halloween, work and more work, one of my kids turned 14 and I had to go on my kids’ youth group retreat. I have a daughter with epilepsy and a few other disorders and she is a Senior in highschool. She didn’t want to miss her last retreat and the Pastor and leaders are a little nervous because she has had several tonic clonic seizures while at church.

Anyway, lets talk about becoming a woman who thrives. Most of our lives are busy and chaotic, many are often late, unorganized maybe even argumentative with family, friends and their bosses. In order to cope with busy lives we often develop bad habits, bingeing on food or Netflix, maybe smoking or even drinking, just to get over the stress of the day.

Many women today are just surviving. They live to eat, earn, produce and just do what is needed to survive until the next day. Women are meant to thrive, not just survive! Women who are empowered and the ones who feel empowered are the women who are able to drive growth.

To thrive is to stop believing you can control everything…

That’s right ladies, you cannot control everything in the world.  Being an empowered or thriving woman means you know when can and when you can’t control something. So many things are simply our of our reach. We can’t do it, so we feel like we failed. You will feel empowered and in control when you have succeeded at controlling or dominating your circumstance, job, marriage or career, but that won’t last long. It is beyond our capacity as humans to control situations, feeling, how others act and how they think. As soon as you accept that reality, you will fall into a peace with yourself, your life. This acceptance will boost your spirit and help you thrive in all circumstances, no matter what.

To thrive is to stop pretending you possess inhuman powers to do everything…

Women are known for their ability to multi-task. Just because you do this does NOT mean you can manage all things all the time. Accepting this fact is the second key to thriving in this world, especially if you are a woman.

Everyone only gets 24 hours in a day. That is 24 hours to get what is needed done. God designed it that way. He designed it so that for part of that time, our bodies need rest. We need to organize and prioritize what needs to be done each day. Each day I have a schedule, I used to hate getting off my scheduled time to do things. Now, I have a toddler, something I haven’t had in a while. She schedules the day for the most part now. She needs her nap at the same time each day and it lasts three hours! During that time, I usually get my work and writing done. My schedule revolves around her. Including when I stop and play. She needs me more than the dishes need to be washed, or dinner needs to be done. When she wants to play or just snuggle, I am there, whenever she needs it.

To thrive is to start saying “NO” to things you should…

People who say yes to every task they are asked to do often end up disappointing not only themselves but the people expecting them to do the task they said they could do. This applies to everyone, women who work, those who are home, full-time mothers and so much more.

I used to do this, especially with my church. If they asked I was there. I was doing so much at church that I was there as  much as the pastors! Some weeks, more. I thought that if they needed me I had to do it because well, God would be mad if I didn’t. When I got pregnant with my youngest, I was high risk and wasn’t allowed to do all that I had been doing. I was told not to work and not to serve at church, my blood pressure was extremely high and it was dangerous not only to me but to the baby. Guess what? My church did great without me and other people stepped in to serve in the areas I was working in. Now, I still serve but only when I can. I have a lot of down time to spend with family and even in fellowship with the Lord. He wants that more anyway.

To thrive is to put yourself first and prioritize your health…

This is hard, even for me. As a mom of four kids, three teens, one toddler and one with several disorders, it is hard to take the time to take care of myself. This is vitally important. If we don’t care for ourselves, how can we care for others. If I am sick, who is going to get mt daughter to her appointments. If I have a health issue and wind up in the hospital, I don’t get paid, as a business owner, I close and make nothing. I have learned that I need days for me. Days to go to the doctor, the dentist, even a haircut or mani/pedi.

It is imperative that women take care of themselves. We take care of so many other people around us. They will all be okay while we are gone for a few hours. Feeling and being healthy boosts confidence, which women need to thrive and not just survive in this world.

To thrive is to know it is an ongoing journey…

Thriving is not a destination. It is an ongoing journey that continues for a long time. Once you start this journey, it only gets better, there is no looking back. Ladies, if you are looking to reaching that point in your life where you can finally say you are thriving, look ahead. The journey is about to get better.

Wellness

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Women are always worried about their health. Don’t get me wrong, it is important and it is something I take care of. I consider myself healthy. Healthy isn’t always super skinny. It is your best you. It means taking care of yourself mentally and even Spiritually. That is what I am writing about today, Spiritual Wellness. In our society, it is hard to put God first, talk about Him, live as Jesus did. Why is it so hard? Christians are judged harshly for our belief and our desire to follow the Bible. Many people see the Bible as unattainable, old school laws that do not relate to today. I am here to tell you the Bible relates to today 100%. God did not have His Words put to paper to just have them fade to the background of out lives.

 

I try to do my Bible readings each day, daily devotions and prayer journal. I absolutely love Proverbs 31 Woman devos. I usually post something I took from my morning in the word and post it on social media to try to help others put God in their lives. You need a daily dose, maybe more than that. People have told me that when I don’t make that post, which is more often than I would like, it hurts their day. The look for it each morning to start their day. I tell them where I get it from and that I get it emailed to me each day for free. I get told that they are too busy to read a full devo or email but they love the verses, pictures and mini devo I do.

 

My teens attend youth group twice a week as well as any activities, retreats, and serving in the community they may do. Just recently my church held Gather to Scatter, which is where the teens gather together at church then scatter into the community to serve others. My daughter went to Soles for Jesus, amazing way to serve others in countries like Africa who have little to no access to shoes. In America, we often do not understand how important shoes are to one’s health but they truly are a very needed item around the world. It’s amazing that these shoes will be shipped and distributed along with the Gospel to people who have never heard it. One of my sons went to a grocery store to help distribute flyers and collect food for our local food pantry. They collected 6,000 pounds!! I think an important part of one’s spiritual life is servitude. Jesus came to serve others not to be served. It is humbling to be a part of the solution and know my children a contributing to society.

 

 

I lead fifth grade girls each Wednesday to know more about God, the Bible, Prayer, and what Jesus did for us. My hope is that I will be the influence they need to want to know more about Jesus so they will grow to live Spiritually healthy lives. I also get the privilege of leading Kindergartners and first graders on Sunday mornings. These little ones are just starting in the journey of knowing who Jesus is, what He did for them and His great love for them. They have so many questions, sometimes difficult ones but I try my best to always answer them. I do not take my serving positions lightly. I work on my lesson plans each week for them diligently. I receive the greatest payment of all when a child comes to know the Lord because I helped them understand His great love for them.

 

My prayer for everyone reading this blog is to ask questions, get answers, read your Bible as much as you can, it will turn daily. Come to know the Lord, pray, know His love for you. Then your Spiritual wellness will be coming together, which will help your wellness as a whole. Have an awesome day ladies (and any gentlemen).