Prosperity

prosperity-slide-1154x649 I think this is a great word. If you are still searching for a word for 2019, how about this one? This is packed full of meaning. It is talked about countless times in the Bible. Being prosperous isn’t always about the amount of money we make. What about being prosperous with our time? How about with God? With others? There is so much we can learn if we are diligent about how we choose to view this word. In the book of Proverbs we read over and over again the importance of prosperity. We are told to be careful with our money, time and even hearts. If we are rich and do nothing for those who are poor, we do not receive favor from God. Those who love pleasure become poor; those who love wine and luxury will never be rich. (21:17)

As far as financial prosperity is concerned, it is God’s Will for us. He wants us to live our lives comfortably financially. He doesn’t want us to have to struggle to make ends meet. This will look differently for everyone. Our family chooses to live simply and not beyond our means. With a daughter with numerous disorders, a son with Autism and a two-year old, plus another teen, we often don’t have the means to live what some would call luxuriously. I work but don’t make a whole lot of money, just enough to help with bills. We haven’t taken a family vacation since our boys were little. We can sometimes get away, just the two of us to reconnect or sometimes with one or two of our kids, but not all of us together. I feel prosperous because all of our bills get paid and we have a fridge and cabinets full of food. That makes me happy. Maybe, because there was a time, many years ago that my cabinets and fridge were almost bare and I went without food to make sure my kids ate. That’s when I was a single mom, struggling with an Autistic child alone.

Be a blessing to others. God doesn’t bless you so you can hoard it over others. You have been blessed so you can bless others. I make sure to help people where and when I can. Our church often takes meals to people in need. I sign up to take them something, it’s simple and fairly inexpensive, I just add a little to my grocery list and budget that week. It blesses them and in turn God blesses me. I also donate money or time in some way during the holidays. This year we donated enough to feed six families a Thanksgiving dinner. We may not have a lot left over after all is said and done but I am blessed to have a roof over my family’s heads and I just feel that Jesus would want us to spread what we have to give joy to others.

An important thing about helping others is to do for the glory of God, not for your own glory. I only told you about how I bless others as an example. I also wanted you to know, I don’t just talk the talk, I walk the walk. I don’t usually tell people how I work for the Lord. I do it in silence. I pray for those in need silently, so no one knows but me and God. That is all who needs to know. You don’t need earthly recognition, God will not bless one who brags of the work she has done. God blesses those who take joy in working for Him without awards or a thank you.

Show others your light and joy in the Lord. Maybe you will lead someone to the cross. Have a joy filled and prosperous day.

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?

Visualize

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Everyone has a dream. We all have something we want, a goal we want to reach. The secret to getting it is to visualize it. I have wanted to start my own childcare for years. It took a friend asking me to watch her son for me to really see my potential as a business owner. I wouldn’t say business is booming but I would say I am successful and close to my goal. I make more than I was when I was working for someone else plus I get to be home for my family. I make my own hours and choose what children come each day. I base it on the good of my family, then look at the needs of the family bringing their child to me for care.

It takes hard work and determination to visualize and meet our goals and even deadlines we have set for ourselves. There is the fear and potential of failure, pressure to give up because it is too hard, and busy schedules. I have a goal to start writing again. I haven’t done it in years. I visualize each day what my goal is for that day only (remember my word for the year is Present). Today, I am writing a blog then checking out my freelance site to see if there are any jobs I am interested in. My ultimate goal is to write a book. But, it will take a little while to get there.

The more detailed your visualizations are, the more likely they are to manifest in your life. Sitting down and writing out your plan each day will help you go into detail and get there more efficiently. Believe in who you are and what your goal is. Without that, there is no way you will accomplish it. There are methods to get you to visualize your goals more clearly. I have come up with three techniques to help you get there.

1. Treasure Map Technique. This technique requires real imagination and creativity. Imagine your goal to be a treasure chest filled with gold and jewels. Whatever you find to be beautiful. Then, map out how you are going to get there. Draw the map complete with the big red X and picture of the treasure chest. 

2. Receptive Visualization. This is the technique I most often use. This requires some quiet, serene surroundings where you can think and visualize what you want. Each day I visualize how I want my day to go, I pray about it, then I execute it. It doesn’t always go exactly the way I would like, but most days my visualization plays out. I need to be realistic in my expectations and think of all that could go wrong and prepare for them. But, I don’t dwell on what could go wrong. I simply put them in my mind so I am prepared to handle any situation. 

3. Altered Memory Visualization. Let’s face it, things aren’t always going to turn out the way we hoped. This technique comes into play on those days. Look at the issue at hand, why things went wrong. Then, visualize all the different ways you could have handled it. Looking at what went wrong can help you visualize what you will do different if you find yourself in the situation again. 

Visualization is a technique anyone can master. It can help you break out of any current limitations you have placed on yourself, as well as any others have placed on you with negativity. Don’t settle for mediocrity when you have the potential to be great. Let me know if you need help or post any stories you may have about the power of visualization in your life.

Align

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  It is often easy to lose the momentum we need to keep at it in the new year. Resolutions have been made but are often difficult to keep. We make unrealistic goals for ourselves then become frustrated when unable to keep them. Why is that? It is because our goals often do not align with what God has in store for us. We want our lives to look a certain way and are hard on ourselves when what we want doesn’t happen. Our lives are not our own. We belong to God, our lives need to align with His plan. He will put in front of us what He has chosen for us. It is up to us to live according to it.

There are ways we can stay aligned with God’s purpose, even if we are struggling to be productive. These are tips that I hope to execute in the new year.

1. Plan when you will have quiet time each day. This is something I have already been doing in my life. I love the mornings. I have to get up pretty early, between 4:00 am-5:00 am, in order to get in my workout and quiet time. During this time I do my Bible readings, devotions, journaling and prayer time. It is usually 30-45 minutes each day. My husband and I have also started a new marriage devotional that we do each night. Quiet time together, reflecting on our marriage will make us stronger together.

2. Make a list of your daily priorities. Life can be so busy! Making a list helps keep you on track. This is something I often do on the weekends. However, being a mom of four, I also have to make lists during the week to remember to make appointments or get stuff together to help my daughter apply for college.

3. Choose a word for the year. This is something I talked about yesterday. Take time to think about what you want that word to be. You don’t have to choose it right away. Think about your life, what you need to change and choose the word carefully and thoughtfully. This will help keep you on your chosen path.

4. Put away your phone. Believe it our not, our phones can cause so much stress and drama in our lives. I make it a point to have my ringer off during various points of the day. The only social media I try to use during the day is my business accounts. I post pictures of the kids I care for so the parents can see what they are up to. I am looking to change the use of phones and social media in my household. My kids actually don’t use it that much. It is my husband and I that need to work on that!

5. Use mealtimes to check in with God. When my teens were younger we did family devotion time at dinner. We used this time to sit together each night and discuss our day. We then did Bible drills and a daily devotion that our church provided us with. Now, they are older and it is harder to get this done, more so because of the toddler we have at our table. She demands a little more attention. I think it is time to start implementing short devotion again in our home to get her used to doing it.

Productivity is best when aligned with God’s purpose for you. Keep perspective by putting God first in your life.

Abundance

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Abundance is, in large part, an attitude

Living an abundant is everyone’s dream. We all want to live a life in which we feel happy and fulfilled. As the quote at the beginning suggests, it’s all about attitude. Your attitude is something you have complete control over. Here are some tips to help you have the abundant life you have been searching for.

  1. Have abundance mentality. This is the mentality that there is enough  for everyone, so someone else’s gain isn’t your loss. By having abundance mentality you won’t feel jealous when someone else succeeds. You know you can have your own success.
  2. Be grateful for what you have. You need to look at what you have and stop complaining about what you don’t have. You can have a grateful spirit no matter how much or how little you have. There are people who need to go through a painful loss before they can see what they have. Don’t let that happen to you.
  3. Smile. So simple, yet so effective. Changing how when and how often you smile can impact and change the course of your day. Even if your day isn’t going as planned you can choose to respond positively. Smiling sends a positive message to yourself and others that you are winning at life.
  4. Start your day right. How you start your day will greatly influence how it goes. This looks different for everyone. For me it looks like this
    • Wake up
    • Exercise (four days a week)
    • Bible Readings and devotions
    • Organize for work
  5. Make the most out of every opportunity. Once you have an opportunity explore the full use of it. Don’t let it pass, half-used. Look for other ways to use it. Maybe combine it with something else to create a new opportunity.
  6. Enjoy your life. Living an abundant life means you should be able to enjoy your life without waiting on something big to happen. You can be happy right now with what you have.

I hope these steps will help you on your personal journey of feeling more empowered.

Brilliant

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What does is mean to be brilliant? How can you obtain it? Where do you start? I have 6 tips to help all women obtain this. Some women are content where they are, some want more. Both are okay, you don’t always have to work harder or longer. You can achieve your goals while being brilliant. You can stay home with your kids and be brilliant as well. Let’s dive into those tips.

  1. Keep a joy list, starting now. On a sheet of paper make two columns. On the left side write down everything you absolutely LOVE to do. Everything, in your life, career, whatever it may be. Build on it. On the right side, write down the things that you hate to do. Anything that gives you the feeling of ick.
  2. Make a plan and commit. Everyday do one less thing on your ick list, try outsourcing. Hire someone else to clean, an accountant to figure our your finances, eat out instead of cooking and cleaning up after the cooking.
  3. Write a list of people you love spending time with. These are the people who make you feel like life is fabulous. These are the people who give you permission to let your greatness shine. Try spending time with at least two of these people a week. Even if it is the same people every week, make sure you are spending time with them
  4. Get clear and honest about what you want. Write it down, communicate it to other people around you. Don’t forget to pray about. The power prayer has on out lives is undeniable. Ask God what is His Will, are you living it out or living the way the world tells you to live? What God has planned for you may or may not be the same thing. So remember, take it to the Lord.
  5. Seek to create, not compete. Everyone is unique. We all have our talents, things we are good at. Let’s use that to create something awesome, instead of always competing to be the best. Sometimes things turn out better when we work together.
  6. Just be you. You are enough, just as you are, right now. You were created to be who you are, not who someone else is. God created you in His image. Embrace it, be confident in knowing, there is only one you.

The Intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant.  We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift. Albert Einstein

Radiant

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What does it mean to be radiant. Being beautiful and being radiant are two totally different thing. You can make yourself beautiful on the outside by artificial and superficial means. Makeup, clothes, hair, shoes, surgery, the list goes on about how we can change our looks to be what society considers beautiful. But to be radiant? Is it obtainable and if so, how do you become radiant?

One of the things that sets a radiant woman apart from others is confidence. This is not confidence that exudes itself as arrogant or conceited. It isn’t based on anything she can do such as beauty, possessions, talent or popularity. Her confidence is found in Christ alone, what He has done for her and who she is in Him. A radiant woman is confident in Christ. 

Next is beauty, not the beauty I mentioned that is artificial or superficial, but true inner beauty. This beauty comes from a beautiful heart, full of genuine love and kindness. Her beauty is not only seen but felt by all who come in contact with her. Her beauty is genuine and true. A radiant woman is beautiful on the inside.

Finally, the last trait I have for you this morning. She is joyful. Being joyful and being happy are two different things. Many people thing that if you are happy then you have joy but that isn’t true. Happiness is based on circumstances and material things, joy is found in the Savior. She goes to Him for joy when happiness is nowhere to be found. Joy flows out of her heart to others around her. A radiant woman is full of joy…for the LORD.

Personally, I know I am far from being all of these things all of the time. It is hard! There are days that I am good at it and feel radiant, other days, not so much. I feel drained, not willing to be anything I listed above. I fake it, sometimes well, sometimes not. We should pray each day that we have these traits, not only for the Lord but for ourselves and to be a light to others who need it. By becoming more radiant we can shine a light into the lives and hearts of others. 

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