U turn permitted

Guest Blogger @Crystal Griffith w Radiant Joy Consulting says: U-turns Permitted!

Today, over the course of a 16 hour trip I took 5 u-turns. I haven’t taken 5 u-turns in a year, let alone a single day. And yet each one was necessary in the moment.

#1 – needing to get back on the right track

#2 – realizing what I thought was the best path wasn’t

#3 – needing a pitstop to rest a moment

#4 – being on completely the wrong road

#5 – being in the wrong lane due to a road hazard

Each u-turn had a specific purpose and all have life application. Ask yourself, do I need a yoU turn? Which would apply for your need right now #1, 2 ,3 ,4 or 5? Remember, a yoU turn is necessary when you need to adjust your course. It’s a complete 180 from the current trajectory to the best trajectory for your life.

Even with the u-turns today, we encountered new places, tons of wildlife, sunset stars, maine lobster in the middle of elk fest, both the Atlantic and the Pacific river starts, all 4 seasons on one road, a bulging challenge with 3 bulls, eating in a 100 year old jail, new memories with friends. A u-turn does not have to be failure, but an opportunity for new and exciting from a different perspective.

Need help with making that yoU turn? PM Crystal Griffith with Radiant Joy Consulting.

The new route will compute on God’s GPS and guess what, it’s the best route!

Make a Memory

Wow. We are out to eat and lo and behold I see the longing to make a memory on Eighties Band Night at Mo’s Irish Pub.

As I watch women flood the floor to dance with each other, my heart understands their loneliness AND their desire to simple to have some fun. Sadly, I saw spouses turn their wives down to dance due to what? Lack of security? Embarrassment? Unwillingness to be seen with her or them? An opportunity to make a memory cane and went..

Hey!! Make memories. Don’t be bound by fear of man, need for approval or feeling not good enough.

Enjoy you. If married – enjoy your spouse. Get over it friend! Love the one who leads you to be uncomfortable and free… Dance. Sing. Love. Laugh. Remember to make a memory…

Love-d

Blindsided w Crystal Griffith

Blindsided…

I suspect we’ve all had moments we were blindsided with unexpected news, results, accidents ….

In that moment, frozen in time, when the world shifts on it’s axis, you have a split second to decide how you will take the unexpected. Your brain, body, and spirit will then align with the decision you make to receive or reject that news. Your physical and mental healing depends on that decision.

I’ve been witness to xrays, mri’s, ct scans showing the worst of the worst, and the person said, what’s the treatment? Or how long do I have?

I’ve been witness to those same terrible diagnostic results and yet the person said – nope, not today. I am healed. I choose to walk in healing and I command my body to line up as such. And then proceeds to get their prayer chains involved. Seek rejuvenating heart and mind influences.

I am not here to say which decision is correct. I have also seen people choose to claim healing and they were healed on Jesus’ side of heaven instead of this one. I am not God and I have no earthly understanding of why some who claim it are healed here and some there.

I’ve seen those who were healed in heaven also leave a legacy of truth that continues to speak into the lives of others long after they’ve been birthed into their eternal home.

What do I know? Isaiah 43:2 –

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;

And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.

When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,

Nor shall the flame scorch you.

Through the rivers and fire, God still remains on His throne. He still remains holy. He has the best plan He desires for you, me, every one of us. In the midst of those rivers and fire, we have to choose to praise Him, to love Him, to surrender in honest abandon to His perfect love. He will walk with you through it all. He will because He is the one who created you, knows you, loves you with an everlasting love.

In this world, we WILL have trouble but take HEART, He has overcome the world! He knows the shortcuts, the secret staircases, and the hidden rooms. He made them. He will lead you through it all. Trust in Him. He knows you more than you know yourself. Do you know how many hairs are on your head? He does. He knows why your little pinky toe has half a nail. He knows why only your toe on your left foot pops all the time. He knows why you like to sleep on your right side.

He knows all your whys… And He knows what it felt like for you to be blindsided because He was there with you. You were not alone. He was there.

The next time you are blindsided, make a split-second decision to say, No, NOT TODAY! I am His and He is mine. I will choose to praise Him in this. I choose to call life to my body, my situation. I choose to say, Lord speak into this. I speak shalom and amen over my circumstances, in Jesus’ name.

GUEST WRITER: @CrystalGriffith with @RadiantJoyConsulting, LLC

Simmer time

SIMMER TIME. Are you tired of being on the back of the stove? Have you been waiting for someone else to give you permission to live? It’s time. You’re ready. Take off your own lid. Taste your own soup. Add some salt if you need it. Get off the fearful burner and get moving. Maybe you NEEDED to simmer a while. But now go burn for the world to see His goodness. Simmer time is over and it’s time to eat.

Special treasure

You are a special treasure!

Your smile is amazing.

Your eyes pop in that color.

You are doing sooooo good!!

I’m so proud of you.

You are valuable.

You are chosen.

You are on purpose.

You matter.

Your life counts.

I’m glad you’re alive.

I’m thankful to be with you.

You are a breath of beauty.

You are strong.

You are lovely.

Your smile is contagious.

You changed my life.

Your words encourage.

You have great taste.

You are worth it.

You are a special treasure.

Wow! Look at you! Be strengthened friend. You do matter. You do have value. You do count. I’m happy to see you.

Now, look in a mirror and tell yourself ALL of that! Then, do it again but slowly with strong intention – look yourself in the eye with gratitude for you.

Then look the person with you in the eye and say all of the same to them.

Does not take long.

Love yourself. Love others. Share with friends. Tag/Encourage someone today.

Love-d

#love #life

No longer that me

August has come and is almost gone and saying goodbye to the old me til I’m no longer that me is still in progress. Less than half the year remains to live. I sense change. But then change is every day isn’t it? I sense a stepping forward. But then every day is that day too.

Some need the motivation of a gentle tog, strong urge, raised voice or hit on the head to step onward. I want to be unafraid of obeying The One Who wants me prepared. I want to be free from sabotage. But how?

I encourage you today to take one step today to make room for something new. An exercise, cleaning a drawer, giving away clothes, revamping the garage or attic are all action steps help you say goodbye to an old you.

If I’m not going to use it maybe it’s time to lose it. My mini project today is to go through a box of old journals all the way to 1993. I began to write out my life as a new follower of Christ and honestly I’m no longer the person in those pages. Time to say goodbye. Maybe this step will free me from more of me – but even if it’s just giving me an empty container – it will be worth it. What’s this got to do with sabotage? My junk is always in my way. I ignore it and then Im entangled with it when deep inside I DO know what to do. I just don’t do it. My mind gets jumbled with so much and I’m overwhelmed with it … because I won’t do that one thing. After a while a thousand one things sabotage my next step and I’m enslaved…trapped..by me and my refusal to just do that one thing.

Interestingly that August is the 8th month and eight means means a cutting away. Many think it means a new day. But really… It is the cutting a way that brings the newness.

I’ve been contemplating for a month or so on what comes out of my mouth. I believe I need to prune my words. My mouth is my greatest place of sabotage. It will have to be a conscious effort to create a new culture. Everywhere we turn, people complain. We complain about what we eat, who said what, how we are treated, what the news says, how we look, how someone else behaves, what we wear, the weather, the president, the preacher, this country, that company. It’s easy to get wrapped up and sucked into your own or your neighbors opinion/words.

We fill ourselves with negativity while using excuses like venting, praying, or processing. Yet what is it really? We lack self control while exercising our freedom to be free.

I’m not sure my own opinion warrants words anymore. I seem to sabotage my own life as soon as I have a new one. My mouth.

What about you? Do you have a negative perspective about yourself that dominates you?

How about joining me in an all out fast from complaining? From complaining to celebrating. This is the intention. Let me know if you want to grow?? If so, gossip and complaining about you and others has to go.

Fast from complaining about you and those with you. Think of create ways to correct yourself and those with you. I’ve started and I’m having to literally start by shutting up because when I realize how it was gonna come out of my mouth???????…. I realized I’m a big problem. I can’t stop those around me from their negative talk about them or me. But it’s like God nudged me and showered me with Love and showed me a new path. I can see how if I will lead the way- over time I’ll get it. If I will respond with kindness when someone criticizes me then it will diffuse what could turn ugly if I got offended by them.

I’m not sure I even know how to be a complain free person. But I’m starting today to clean up my mouth while on the way to clean out a container. Maybe there will be a correlation? Unsure. I just know my mouth is powerful and it can be used for building up or tearing down. I caught myself tearing down late last night through emotions that should have been reigned in.

Sabotage is not my friend. Venting is not my friend. Making a point is not my friend. Having the last word? Not my friend.

Celebration is my friend. It must be intentional or it won’t happen.

Jesus had the last word. Well He had a couple- Forgive them and It is finished. So, I’m forgiven and the ones with me are forgiven. I’m gonna lean into being forgiven and forgiving and lean into what’s been finished so I can finish..

Until soon and much love… I’m going to have a cup of coffee and celebrate a new beginning. Then, Im going to drink some water. Then?? I’m headed out to get ONE container to empty…that hopefully will lead to some more. Granted my house is going to want food so as soon as I’m in a groove I’ll need to stop for a fueling. This is not sabotage. This is love. For me. For them.

Slowly I’m learning to see me as Christ sees me. The clincher is to see others as Christ sees them – that’s the mark of change. I have failed in this arena. But today is still my new day as I learn to say goodbye to an old me and I learn to embrace a new me…on my way to celebrate the me who has yet to be on my way to the container filled with what is no longer me…

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God uses storms.

This speaks to me today. I have a number of men and women who are feeling as if their lives are being sabotaged right now….this minute – God uses storms.

We don’t know WHY life piles up and it “feels” as if God and everyone around is against us. But, is that truth? It “feels” true but how can the One Who made us be against us? How is it we think God is not for us, does not like us and His sole purpose is to teach us lessons so we will obey better.. Do not allow lies of never finishing, never being good enough, never getting caught up, never knowing yourself, never… get the best of you. Instead – receive Truth in that place of feeling overwhelmed and sabotaged… with Intention. Decide. New decision.

My thoughts? It is our response that determines how we maneuver through the water. God talks to us and we get to respond to Him and do our part. Our part is moving forward. Our part is remaining in peace. Our part is choosing life in the midst of death. Our part is remaining kind when we want to scream bloody murder and harm ourselves. Our part is not losing our cool with us and those around us. Our part is taking care of what is right in front of us. Our part is putting one foot in front of the other. Our part is going back to something we had instructions. Sometimes we rock on and move in and out of other places we want to obey but there is one place we choose NOT to obey and always feel undone because its so big in our mind and heart…it weighs on us because now we see how key our obedience was then and is now…

We think it is the doing… we think it is the getting it done and YES we have things we need to get done…but if we allow those things to control us OR use those things AGAINST us then we will be undone and devastated and distracted by the negative… BIG BREATH. You are NOT what you have done or have NOT done. You are NOT the devastation.

Ok. So, maybe you are in a storm and it feels you are devastated and it feels overwhelming and it feels like where do I start?

Start with one thing. Brush your teeth. Comb your hair. Get dressed. Smile at your face in the mirror. Validate your existence. Validate your life. Validate your God Who loves you and wants you to know His love in a storm or in a success…

I love you – Just do the next one thing…which might be feed yourself or the one with you or BOTH and then breathe…
One thing.
One thing at a time..
One box at a time.
One pile at a time.
One drawer at a time.
One call at a time.
One step at a time…

Until soon and much love – Remember – God uses storms.
Donna Reiners

God uses storms

UPDATE: Permission Granted 8/24/19

UPDATE: PERMISSION GRANTED- WHAT’S IN YOUR CLOSET?

TIME TO OWN IT, THROW IT OR GIVE IT AWAY…

Craig and I were talking and we decided to return to our original intent which is to have a more intimate setting for gatherings.
So, we switched from a hotel to a house in Katy, Texas to hold our meeting this month.
It’s a kick off including special music with worship leader, @Rachel Keagy from Austin, Texas.
Rachel will be debuting her new song: Permission Granted: I Am BRAVE.
Call 832-977-8664 for information and details & address/RSVP.
Bring a pot blessing to share…

I’ve been thinking about what is inside our closets and God has been giving me a fresh download for the rest of this year.
We would love to see you and reconnect.

Come with great expectancy and a willingness to move out of any old and into the new God has for you.
You have your own present and your own past AND your own future!
What’s in your closet?
What do you need to let go of?
What do you need to receive?
It’s your closet – time to own it!

Feel free to bring a suit or blouse or article of clothing/scarf you feel is an old season…
Permission Granted: What’s in Your Closet?
Registration: Deadline August 21
Event Date: August 24, 2019
RSVP & INFO: Call 832-977-8664
Location: A private home in Katy off 99/Clay Road in the Waterstone Neighborhood. It’s not fancy – its’ family.

A tax deductible offering to LOVE is the New Green will be received for local community efforts.
All lunch purchases are final. Neither Articles of clothing or Lunch are tax deductible.

Love, Donna Reiners & friends

Change you

At times circumstances remain the same. You beg God. Command demons. Cry. Fast. Still there you are. Then it makes sense. You realize there is more to where you are in life than meets the eye. You have more say-so than you thought. You can change you.

Change yourself and how you see you in your circumstance. New view. New perspective. Heavenly angle. All of a sudden you are free from the pressure and pain of pushing that rock up hill. You realize the emotional tirade you live in that destroys you and your surroundings has been your superpower. But it’s not working for you is it?

You have a new superpower. You have power to change you. Permission granted friend. Respect yourself. See the good. See the life you give and live. Change intention. Change you.