Too much Hope?

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!!

Hope again!

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 w Crystal Griffith

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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You are alive

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

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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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

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…

d

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.