CONFIDENT that He Who started it will finish it…😘
CONFIDENT that He Who started it will finish it…😘
I do not believe boundaries should be made for boundaries sake. Often, this is similar to the law in that we need to do something to protect ourselves or someone else – instead of hearing what Father is doing in a situation and obeying His voice.
Are there time with a need for real boundaries? Of course – but real boundaries are not created to protect us from being inconvenienced or liked or so we can be like Burger King.
Wait, I’m not poo pooing on boundaries – I’m just saying that boundaries without His voice instructing with His motives which are all about Him…His kingdom and His purposes – is just another rule in place to serve our flesh.
The flesh of Jesus was mangled not so much so that our flesh is protected – but so we can overcome what mangled Him.
Just a thought…
When someone offers you what feels like “too much hope” through an unorthodox way whether it be mental, physical or emotional and you say no based on something that happened in the past to you or to someone else…….. I just want to remind you that you might just miss your opportunity to have a positive change to your life.
What if your no to this “weird too much hope” can’t explain or understand it thing is your no to you speaking, talking, hearing or walking?
Let your tomorrow be different than your past.
And if you are afraid to hope too much because of being disappointed in the past …all I can tell you is that I would prefer to step out and be disappointed than stay stuck in hopelessness which says NO to anything positive. What about you?
I know…. this may not make sense to all of you but some of you get it.
Stop being afraid of your own shadow.
Stop being afraid of the impossibilities.
Start saying hello to the possibilities.
Start saying hello to even ONE LITTLE STEP FORWARD!!
I almost refused to share with someone today something that I know has the capability to change her life and the lives of those around her. Almost.
Then, I felt that nudge inside….. “Why are you afraid to bring hope?” We met with a family and literally changed their lives in a positive way. It was NOT false hope. It was not healing either…but it was definitely improvement. Thank You God!
I remember years ago I was in a situation with a church staff/pastor where our belief systems collided. They called to ask me questions about whether I believed that God healed today. I had been hanging out with some of the women in his church and he was “concerned”. As we explored our conversation, it was as if I had a rope around my neck and I would not get out alive. You see, I did not graduate a seminary (or cemetery) is what my pastor 25 years ago said it was called. Anyhow, my point is that I was fairly new in leaning strongly into believing God healed instead of thinking He did not. After a very long conversation, the bottom line was that he had been hurt years ago – his church he felt had been hurt years ago from what he believed to be “false prophetic words” regarding healing and atonement and all that went in between. His point however was that all those comments and prophecies did was give false hope because that person died. They were devastated and he insinuated that his church was devastated and that it created basically a bad name for God and so he did not want me to influence his church with a belief system that included atonement. I was stuck.
How do I honor this pastor and his belief system and honor God and His belief system and help the women continue to move forward into more life in Christ and let them have their OWN belief system? I was not ruled by fear and the ladies did not want to be ruled by fear either. After all, God IS LOVE – He does not “just love”… I had to choose. I was not scared which honestly was miraculous at the time because I had such a strong submission to authority and wanted more than anything to please pastors or anyone in any kind of leadership and authority… But there was a VOICE…….inside me.
THE Voice – THAT Voice INSIDE me.
I KNEW that voice… I did not know all the information that pastor knew and I did not know how to lead a church but I knew inside me that I was safe to believe and Hope in the One Who healed and believe in healing. This was HIS leading from the inside of me.
Was this pastor lead by the same voice? I believe so but we all hear through our own filters. Maybe there were places inside me that were developed differently than the places in His heart inside him. He was mature and I was mature but in different areas. Now, many years later I’m mature in other areas and have changed. I have great respect for his heart for his congregation and his desire to protect them. On the other hand, I realize I must follow that voice…as I learn and grow I would prefer it to be in hearing Him not just hearing information and following doctrines of safety.
I had seen some healed. I had been healed of some conditions supernatural. Years later, I have experienced more of the same – healed and not healed. Yet, is this because our God of Hope is inconsistent? Is this because God is not a Healer? If I’m not healed, is God the bad guy?
These are thoughts that we all have from time to time right? When you are growing in what you know about Creator…you ask questions and when you are growing in Who Creator is or what you think He is…you ask questions and when you actually converse with Him and get to know Him and you feel He is getting to know you…and you think HEY is God a Person Who hears me and knows me and is real and HE KNOWS ME????? WOW. Everything changes. Share with friends.
Love- Donna Reiners
Hurry Up! With Crystal Griffith and Radiant Joy Consulting
Showing, involving, or requiring haste or urgency…
Heard that a few times before? As if you are purposely going too slow or you feel like you can’t keep up?
If you’re a parent, it probably feels like the only words you ever say! Hurry up, move along, let’s go…
You know the drill.
As a business owner, you feel the hustle constantly. You tend to feel behind a lot. You are trying to keep up with the latest and greatest ways to earn clients.
As a fellow Christ-follower, you may even feel the urgency to heal faster, walk your journey better, be able to share Christ with more people.
The list goes on and on.
What if we stopped?
Stopped all the hurry, the hustle, the competition to be more, do more, and just started to live more.
If we work deliberately to be quiet, listen, and be intentional in our directions, slow our roll to actually enjoy those we are with, be present in our moments.
We would be less anxious, less stressed, more rested, and more in connection with the one who has the absolute best plan for you!
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Fabulous article that you CAN relate to- Time Pressures by–Kathy Collard Miller
I have a hard time saying no! As a child, I didn’t want to hurt anybody’s feelings and wanted everyone’s approval. As a result, I was usually distressed out because I was trying to please everyone and didn’t have enough time or energy to be everything to everyone.
Since then I’ve learned a phrase that set me free: “a need is not necessarily a call.” I like to rephrase it as, “An opportunity is not necessarily God’s open door.” Just because I hear of a need doesn’t mean God is calling me to respond to it. I’d begun to put that idea into practice when I heard of a need: the reorganization of a church group whose leadership had all resigned. I went to the meeting but emotionally had to sit on my hands, for fear I’d raise them to volunteer for all sorts of things. But I didn’t think this was where my strengths would best be used so I kept telling myself, “God hasn’t called me to this.”
Evidently everyone else had heard of that same idea because no one volunteered for anything! Two weeks later, I heard of an opportunity that was exactly right for my talents and I became involved. I was so glad I hadn’t volunteered at the previous meeting because I would have been distressed trying to fulfill both. Later I heard that a group of volunteers had stepped forward to carry on the work of the first group, even though they hadn’t been at the reorganization meeting.
I learned that God can guide me and provide all the time He wants me to have as I obey Him.
Keep shining my friends!! Until soon and many Blessings friends!!
It’s more than a word.
It’s more than an action.
You don’t know until it’s you…
Facing your body’s need for..
A kidney, liver, brain stem.
You don’t know til it’s you faced with
cancer, ataxia, tumor, Parkinsons.
You don’t know til you’re the one whose spouse, child, sibling or parent died –
In your arms, on your watch, in your home, in your classroom, on your property.
Yes, you may understand. You may feel you believe.
But understanding and knowing are not the same.
The other day I understood from an X-ray that I had a calcified bone spur that needed attention. Then, I was treated for it and know by experience (through the most excruciating pain I’ve ever felt in my life) that I had a calcified bone that needed attention. After weeping, crying, yelling, weeping again…I KNOW it’s an issue.
I’ve prayed, commanded, imagined, meditated, and levitated (not really) in faith, trust and authority. Not restored.
So, I took action steps to address it. Wow. I did not know I could withstand that kind of pain. Had no idea I could or would endure.
I left thanking God for a pain filled arm as I thought of a precious woman who literally has one arm due to a flesh eating bacteria that attached her other one. You just don’t know til you know…
You and I may understand with the head but are out hearts far away?
I’m learning to pause before I presume to truly know what pain, heart ache, confusion, loneliness, insecurity, or feelings of shut down another has. I’m learning to look around and find someone else who wants to be noticed, understood, listened to, acknowledged, remembered…LOVED…
I encourage you to receive fresh compassion for the hurting which might even include your pain.
Not empathy. Not sympathy. These are weak fleshly tools.
Compassion is powerful. It is a strong supernatural super power!!
Compassion is Love & kindness.
Time is priceless.
Your presence is valid. You’re important. You’re significant. You matter.
I encourage you to pause and look yourself in the eye. Then look that other person in the eye. You may feel pain you cannot resolve. You may see wisdom from suffering. You may even see God looking back at you. What will you say in response?
I encourage you not to presume that the person who no longer comes around to see you is lazy or busy. Maybe they too are passing through unspoken issues, pain.
At the end of the day, most are doing the best we can.
So, instead of deciding to discount that person whom you think should get it together …
or … condemn that person you think should know better …
or … talk down to that person whose worth is in the toilet without your reminder …
Or … forget the compassion you want if you ever have to walk in their shoes …
Or feel you have zero worth because you’re alone… so you make certain you’re not…
Remember, that hate – that low self esteem – that yucky feeling – you feel is only hurting yourself…your atmosphere.
So, let it go.
One more time.
Again. Learning. Soooooo much to learn about being present. Noticed. Unnoticed. I’ve been crying more. Listening. Realizing. Valued. Weak yet strong. I’m seeing my errors. I’m not feeling condemned but I’m seeing my own issues. Forgive me those who know me personally for not being present when present. Forgive me those who have felt condemned online.
When I was a kid I had a big mouth.
I talked wayyyy too much to cover it up.
I hated myself. I was filled with strife.
It’s took me years to forgive my own hell.
Love was the answer as was His reply.
Receive your inheritance of life.
From your spirit alive in Christ.
Sow into the incorruptible seed of Love ..
From Those within not just above.
More than a word
When you feel as if you are losing your mind, stop to recalibrate before you fall to the floor.
Defeat, discouragement, dismay & depression are not your friends.
Show them the door.
Do not be distracted by their visit.
Just refocus after their departure.
Let the imprint of the bottom of your shoe be their next tattoo.
I was born two months early at 5 pounds. I stayed in an incubator for two months waiting the time for me to be strong enough to go home and be with my mom.
I got to be hooked up to all sorts of life support almost 57 years ago. Tubes crawled in and out of lots of areas in my body while my body finished developing at Fort Campbell Kentucky Army Base hospital.
For the first two months of my life outside the womb, the nurses and doctors were my parents. They made all my decisions, cleaned me and fed me and monitored me to make sure I would not die. Back then, your mom wasn’t at the hospital very day to check on you and it was not possible to hold me… Affection was later.
This is what I know: I would not be writing this nor you reading this had someone snipped my neck or decided I was not worthy to live…or been so convinced I was just a ‘fetus’ and separated themselves from me being a human being…
If you are reading this then high chance your neck wasn’t snipped either.
You are alive my friend… a special treasure and you have something to be thankful about…
Share this my friend.
Hijacked Moments with @Crystal Griffith and @RadiantJoyConsulting
As a child, we don’t really know what we don’t know, all is fairy tales and superheroes. As a teenager, our world is consumed with who likes who and studies. As an adult, we are following the expectations of college, marriage, parenting. But along the way, the moments of what we think should happen can be hijacked by other’s expectations or selfishness, traumas, or even loss, or more.
The emotions that come with these commandeered time-lapses are what set the stage for the next leg of our journey. Our belief systems become skewed with angst, disappointment, failure, anger, victim mentalities. We struggle with wanting to feel self-pity, woe is me, how did it get this way, I didn’t deserve this versus walking in victory. Don’t get me wrong, traumas require grieving, grieving what was expected, what you thought the future would hold, the loss of what was versus what now is. Grieving is cathartic for a season.
Think about Joseph, who had plenty of time in jail to grieve what had been lost. He didn’t even know if he would see his father again. Grieving his relationships with his brothers, his life being in jail in innocence, and perhaps even his dreams. Even when his life was hijacked by his brothers, slavery, lies by his owner’s wife, he continued to walk forward. He chose to walk in victory in the darkest of circumstances. This choice led to his promotion, to favor, to become 2nd in command of Eygpt. No longer being hijacked but being restored in righteousness, abundance, favor
So even in the moments that have seemed hijacked from you, stolen with what seems like no hope, they will be restored in ways you can only imagine if you choose to walk in victory. Lay aside that victim mantel. It is not serving you. It is causing you to stay in chains now of your own making. But you can release yourself. You can walk in healing and freedom, separated from the hijacker, separated from the offenses. Need help? Pm @Crystal Griffith.
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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!