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Invitation into Silence

When I woke up this morning I had a most definite feeling of alone-ness. Almost empty really. It was almost overwhelming as I pondered my day…alone was in front of me and to be honest I normally do not mind…the alone part. However, for some reason I sidestepped the invitation into silence.

I stopped to listen and got no inspiration or understanding. Instead, I slipped into memories of my younger years when my responsibilities were deciding what movie I wanted to go see or what outfit I would wear or who I was going to meet or what I would do with the leftover in my check after I paid my car note which at the time was about a hundred dollars. Those were the days!

We have a LACK of Silence

Silence is an interesting word and an interesting condition of the heart. Some would even venture to say that silence is boring and to be honest, I believe that is the worn out norm for many generations. Think of the lack of silence that penetrates our days. Elevators have music to captivate your short attention on the way to your floor. Every doctor and dental office has music to drown out the confidential dialogues happening with patients. Frequently, you’ll find music flooding the department stores and grocery stores that keep you happy and energetic. More often than not it is very difficult to locate a restaurant that will allow you to have thoughtful conversation without some sort of musical ambiance to set the stage. None of this yet mentions our ability to keep our ears on overload with music or teaching through our very smart phones which are loaded up with every variety of sound available to man except perhaps – silence.

What’s my challenge today? GET QUIET! Be unafraid of silence. Turn off the radio, CD player and IPOD in your car for a week. Spend a day without tv. Try something new….enjoy YOU….the unfiltered you….the you without props and find out you are AWESOME without all that jazz……..adding noise to your mind and heart.

OKAY. That’s it.

HAVE A FANTABULOUSLY AMAZING DAY!!!

LOVE LOVE LOVE…until next time,

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Public Confession of a Private Extrovert

Have you ever heard the public confession of a private extrovert?

Public Confession of a Private Extrovert
Public Confession of a Private Extrovert

Crazy huh? Well, let me tell you my story. So, one year I went back to the gym – as in I got a trainer and everything and this is after being out of the game for YEARS. My first day was of course amazing and it was not until two days later I discovered I could barely walk for the pain in my thighs from the new pressure I had exerted. Needless to say that the pain did not deter me as I was determined to move forward and I was consistent and diligent for 4 months. I was faithful to endure 2 workouts with a trainer per week and I worked out almost daily with just a few exceptions for appointments, exhaustion, family, etc. THEN, I had a moment of WAH!LAH! I made my confession that I could do this and thought I could be private at home and do this gym gig by myself. After all I’m doing GREAT! Surely, I do not have to be public in the gym to get my health back! Right? I was brave and took action. I purchased weights for 50 cents a pound, got one of those big honkin’ inflated work out balls from an expert, found some elastic bands for my arms, purchased a floor mat and even got an inexpensive treadmill. My confession made me go all out! I had been writing down all the exercises and just knew I would be able to be the same person at home that I was at the gym. I was OFF to the races or so I thought… After two months with only one workout to my credit I had a revelation with a new confession. My new confession was that I HATE being alone. Seriously? How can this be? FOR YEARS and I mean years my public confession of me not being an extrovert.  I have exclaimed from the roof tops that I am an introvert! I have told myself and the world just how much I love my solitude and how I can handle just so much of people.  What was wrong with me? Now, let’s fast forward into reality and hear the public confession of a private extrovert

Why was I unsuccessful as an introvert?

So, I was UNSUCCESSFUL at working out alone as an introvert. WHY? Because I need people! Oh my goodness when the lightbulb went on I thought I was losing my mind. I looked back and carefully considered my steps. How can I be an extrovert? I love solitude. I like just being with me-I mean I really do-in all my quirky funky dressing talking humor I genuinely enjoy myself. Also, I’m pretty brave in how I approach life. However, as I bravely reviewed my true reality, I rehearsed in my mind all the times I spend alone. Then, I truly stared into how unfruitful my time was when completely alone at home or in a room locked away or even on a retreat by myself. On the other hand, I looked a how my productivity was when I picked up my computer and found public WiFi at St. Arbucks and remained there for HOURS just writing and talking and using my cell phone and calendaring my day and making appointments and making new friends. Again, now I’m making a public confession and I’m ready to add fuel to the fire for a bit of transparency.

What is the point?

Would you like to know when I get the most done in my own home? It is when someone is on the way over and I scramble to make sure the house is picked up or move quickly to create a fun meal for us. All of a sudden I am completely inspired to clean my office or garage and I find myself getting much done when they are here with me because I love to work with others. I know folks who get a thousand things done all alone so that they can go out and play. However, for me, I get a thousand things done when others come over to play! The point is that all these years I thought I was an introvert because I saw a program talking about textbook introverts and how they process all their information inside themselves and I realized how ME THAT WAS! I truly do take my thoughts on the inside. I consider life and God and I prayerfully and thoughtfully peer into situations and processes. Anyway, for my social well being and for my family’s well being I have come to the radical understanding that if I am not around people I am not a happy camper and if I’m not a happy camper….then no one in my home is happy either and that basically makes me a social extrovert………..with introvert tendencies. Crazy as it might sound…this little inspiration or revelation has helped me tremendously to get organized and to make sure I have more people contact and to recognize that if I’m feeling a bit blue or borderline depressed then more than likely its not because I’m sad or depressed or blue or anything else. Therefore, part of my public confession is that when I’m feeling a little lonely, all I need is a public shot of social interaction and then I’m back to being my same old funky quirky talk your ear off friend whom you can’t live without. LOL

How to be brave in your own story

Be Brave. Be bold regarding who you are today and who you want to be tomorrow. Read here another story about how I had to be brave in my identity. Show respect to yourself and get to know yourself. Take action my friend! You can move into the real you! You are victorious so do not let the voices in your head get you going down a wrong way street! Lastly be encouraged and you can right any mistake you have made regarding how you live life. Be Brave and thought it might take time – you are worth it!You are who you are so why not learn from my error of attempting to become someone I’m not. Just be you. Be you. Be the best you that you can be and learn how to rejoice in how God made you. God’s not mad at you and HE is not mad at me. HE rejoices over how HE made us and we should rejoice over how HE made us too….

Be sure and reply and let me hear from you! Be brave because I want to know if you have a public confession of a private extrovert!

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On the road again

cropped-20131011-ndip106041.jpgDo you remember the old Willie Nelson song, “On the Road Again?”

Interestingly, I woke up singing that blasted song the other day? Weird if you ask me but because God is so smart, HE knows how to get my attention AND how to get me on the road again.

When I was Stuck in a parking lot I was fairly miserable, conducting a lot of self examination. Then, when I seemed incapable of leaving and was Still Stuck in a parking lot, I was just on the verge of frustration. Then, I tried to start Leaving the parking lot and then actually left it. What a process it was as I worked through my emotions and inward drama….yes I used drama…it WAS like my own secret soap opera. Anyhow, the problem was I didn’t have a road map and just decided to leave…I realize Abraham got to go ….out there….wherever…and that was cool but I’m in Christ now and honestly, I think HE may want us to at times be a bit more responsible when we get on the road again.

©Willie Nelson

On the road again –
Just can’t wait to get on the road again.
The life I love is making music with my friends

And I can’t wait to get on the road again.
On the road again

Goin’ places that I’ve never been.
Seein’ things that I may never see again

etc….

It does into the whole making music with my gypsies but that’s not my fave. I’m not a wanderer. I wandered before I met Christ. Why on earth would I desire to wander when I have my Anchor. Sure, I can wander with Him but that song is not talking about that and you know as well as I know that over all the gypsies have that whole identity of going from place to place, taking things from time to time, and even living in trash heaps. Is this every single gypsy’s identity? No. But, I’m a daughter…a son…in Christ. Why would I go backwards into a worldly identity that offers dainties that God says are not His best. Sorry, I have no desire to live in a trash heap….at least not on purpose – not metaphorically or in real time. So, instead of traveling ….out there….with zero idea of where I am headed, I have a plan AND am on the road again. 

So, I ask you – do you know where you are going? Be BOLD and quite wavering between righteousness and wickedness.

Have you DTR (defined the relationship) between you and God? Have some RESPECT for yourself and take ACTION to let HIM actually be LORD.

Is He your Friend only or does He sometimes get to lead you and maybe….even I don’t know…pull that whole I Am God card and…tell you what to do…..and give you HIS road map???? Hmmmmm?

I’ve got my map.

I’ve got gas in my car.

I’ve got a plan.

AND

I’m on the road again……..VICTORIOUS IN CHRIST AND ENCOURAGING MYSELF IN HIM……..#bebraver #LITNG

If you read this far you might be interested in a fiction story…kind of like a soap opera really – I released the 3rd part in the Other Side of the Road and am preparing to release FROM the Other Side of the Road – you can follow me there too if you like – its just for fun!! http://donnareinersblogs.wordpress.com/

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Breathing Down Your Neck

cropped-20131011-ndip106041.jpgHave you ever felt the enemy breathing down your neck?

I must admit that I have not in quite some time. Course that does not mean he is not right there distracting but I think I must have gotten on his very last nerve because today was a whole new ball game – today was an exception. I wish I could say that I had been #bravetobraver or that I had felt the breath of God breathing down my neck or the wind of God but it was none other than the enemy. Again, I ask you – have you felt the enemy breathing down your neck?

My Escape Route

You see, I have been contemplating my escape route as I have been still stuck in a parking lot  for quite some time and then just when I felt like I was receiving a breakthrough – BAM – there is the enemy doing his job again to stop me.  Do you know what transpired to begin such a dilemma? I had decided that I needed to climb the mountain to see the view. Before I got to the mountain, I had been frozen in time and prior to that experience I had been shouting don’t jump ship. And if you want a walk down my memory lane in the near past, I was singing Let It Go Again right when the movie Frozen came out – pretty good timing don’t you think? But, I digress as I’m asking about the enemy and him breathing down your neck.

If you have been following me at all, you know that the season I’ve been in has had me weeping pretty much most the time – the enemy wanted me to think I was losing my mind. Along with loss and death came friendship changes, church changes, and health changes. It has literally seemed like one thing after another and honestly, it has been a challenge. I’m cognizant that I’ve not been alone so none of this is a poor pitiful me story. I’m just keeping it real. So, anyhow, just as I’m making decisions to leave the parking lot, there I felt the hot presence of the enemy as he was breathing down my neck. So, what do you do when you are stuck in a parking lot while the enemy is breathing down your neck?

Get Mad

I tell you what you do – you just get mad. That’s right….mad. Granted, I’m not the mad type. Even when I’m upset….I’m not mad. Sometimes I think that there is something wrong with me. I remember the woman I was 22 years ago when I would cuss you out and shoot the finger at you for just cutting me off on the highway….and then I would run you down to tell you what a crazy person you were for cutting me off!!!  Goodness, now all I do is ask God to bless them…..or maybe it was you? So, now, instead of getting mad – I have decided to get MAD – MOVIN’ AFTER DAD!

So, God is smart and He lives through us to bring us His good pleasure so as the enemy has been making himself known to me, it crossed my mind to consider my ways, the enemy’s ways and God’s ways. I decided that perhaps it would be wisdom for me to have an actual plan as I leave the parking lot – hence why this particular writing is NOT the one about leaving. Wouldn’t you agree that you might need an exit strategy even if the enemy is breathing down your neck?

Get Ready to Leave the Parking Lot

This is what I figured out today. I need a plan. Granted, I have an event coming up and so me leaving right this very moment is not happening. However, my mind is leaving and my emotions pretty much left over the weekend. What do I mean by that? I will tell you. God was gracious to reveal to me the source of my spiritual mudslide and help me work through some of the issues. I think I explained last time that I discovered a tie with an ungodly source. This is why I’m in a parking lot. God is the Smartest Person I know and this needed resolve. Smart I tell you. HE knew I needed to sever that tie and He also explained some things that helped the entire situation make sense. So, what do you do when the enemy is breathing down your neck?

Be Brave

You get mad – moving after Dad! I want to encourage you today that it is time to be BRAVE. Instead of allowing yourself to be held by timidity – trust God with His timing and GRAB YOUR BOLDNESS. Instead of allowing yourself to be entrapped by an enemy – GRAB YOUR RESPECT and get MAD. Instead of remaining passive regarding ungodly ties – GRAB YOUR ACTION. Instead of looking at your situation from your position – GRAB YOUR VICTORY! Instead of allowing yourself to be anxious, stressed out, filled with tension or upset – GRAB YOUR ENCOURAGEMENT. Yes, I know I’m shouting. Can you hear me now?

Be BRAVE when the enemy is breathing down your neck!

Be Bold. Respectful. Active. Victorious over your past and encouraging for yourself.  Then, be good to someone else and help them be brave too. #Bravetobraver

If you read this far you might be interested in a fiction story…kind of like a soap opera really – I just released the 3rd part in the Other Side of the Road – you can follow me there too if you like – its just for fun!! http://donnareinersblogs.wordpress.com/

Send this to friends who need some help out of the parking lot. Who knows? Maybe the same enemy breathing down my neck and your neck is breathing down their neck?

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Until next time,
d

Breathing Down Your Neck
Get Moving After Dad! #bravetobraver        ©Donna Reiners

 

 

To Live or Not to Live

To live or not to live – this is the question.

Perseverance and Inconvenience

Recently, I heard of a conversation that took place with a good friend – let’s call her Perseverance. She had an awkward dialogue with a family member whom we will call Inconvenience. It went something like this:

Perseverance:  I’ll be going in for a medical procedure in a few weeks and am wondering if you would mind being available to stay with me in case I have complications and need help at home while I recover?

Inconvenience: Why don’t you try a nursing home?

Now in all fairness, it was a longer conversation than these two lines but I think it sums it up nicely.

My older friend is a not as healthy as she would like at almost 70 but she chooses to live. Her mind is vibrant, her desires are creative and her days on the planet are far from over and she chooses to live.  Perseverance cannot bend down the way Inconvenience can but rarely does Perseverance complain because she chooses to live. Perseverance has trained herself to be grateful for every moment of every day with few acceptations to the rule because she has chosen to live. Inconvenience, though younger, has her own physical maladies and reasonable excuses as to why she is unable to help Perseverance….though near the end she says she will try with no guarantee. Perseverance cancelled her request for Inconvenience to help. To live or not to live is the question.

Love is a Battlefield

I remember that very old song….with the phrase in it…love is a battlefield. It comes to mind as I ponder to live or not to live. I believe it happens to most of us really – this complicated thought process of living or dying. Most do not face these complexities until later in life. However, I faced mine when my mom, whom I loved,  passed when I was 17. Then, I faced it again – six months later – when my best friend, whom I loved, was killed by a drunk driver. This battlefield of love is challenged continually. Can we love in the midst of the darkness that avails us? Can we love ourselves and others – it is part of this whole living or not living theme. To love is to live. After losing both people whom I loved, I would ask myself, “How long do we have? and the answer, “I’m not sure” would regurgitate in the back of my mind. Unbeknownst to me at the time, I was in the middle of living or not living…loving or not loving…and I vacillated in this oasis of dark middle ground for years while God taught me how to see life from His perspective. Read here to learn how to live life! God would challenge me to look up in the midst of life and death. Now, I’m 51 and surrounding me are precious women with not so pleasant maladies from heart problems, to severe diabetes to no arms to no legs to losing a mind to fighting to live to choosing to die. To live or not to live. This is the question. This is the challenge. Watch this short video to encourage you to look up!

Choose Life or Death

In Deuteronomy there is a station in life when God challenges His people with this passage of thought, “…setting life and death, blessings and curses and His admonition to choose life so that they would live and so that their children would also live. It was a strong directive yet it came with freedom to choose. God used plain language as He continued to explain that they were to love Him and obey Him and cling to Him because HE was their life and the length of their days and loving and clinging would give them the freedom to dwell in the land He had already given to them. Choose life or choose death. Choose blessings or choose curses. We still get the choice – to live or not to live.

I recall many years ago when I was struggling with a physical ailment. I cried out to God. I said, “I don’t understand You God! I’ve given You my life!” And the Holy Spirit spoke to me and responded, “Yes, You have given Me your life but I also own your death and to walk with Me you must surrender it all.” What a strong strong challenge to my young believing mind. I had clung to death so long that when He asked me to give it over to Him – I was not even sure how. This is when I realized that our God – our Father – that HE has a plan. His plan is from the beginning of our life in the womb to the very end of our life on the planet and extends to our life after death as our spirit soars with Him. HE knew I had to give Him my will to life or not to live as well as my desires to die and everything in between. It was my personal choice. HE loves me and respects me and gave me the freedom to walk with Him on His terms or to continue living life on my own terms. I remember responding, “Father, I don’t know how to live but I surrender it all to You and ask You to teach me.” I learned over time that life is a moment by moment choice. Every moment of every day I can be in agreement with living or dying – with God or with the enemy. Over my lifetime, I have learned agreement with God is best. To live or not to live? Live is the answer to the question.

Sweet Perseverance indeed did cancel her invitation to be cared for by Inconvenience and is trusting our Father to prepare her for whatever is next on His agenda. We had a strong talk. She is not ready for a nursing home and frankly, I’m confident there is no nursing home ready for her either. So, she presses forward from a place of pity and pitiful me to trust and treading the land He has given her. Perseverance is no weakling. She is strong in the Lord, strong in His Words and strong in her intimacy with Him. Her body is rebelling but her spirit is soaring. Why? A lifetime of ups and downs from being severed from her husband to burying a child to having friends cut off living life with her – don’t get me wrong – she has also experienced many many joys and stupendous feats of varying degrees. Through living life, she has trained herself to answer the question of to live or not to live by choosing to live.

So, what now you ask?

One day at a time my friend – one day at a time. You can get a vision for your life by choosing to live today. Read to help you get a vision for this season of life! This is how we choose to live. So, go look in the mirror and say it with me, “I choose to live.” Say it a cazillion times if you must. The devil is still in the same vengeful mood he was in while in the garden. So, you must be BRAVE. You must be BOLD and in the face of darkness and disease and depression and defeat and despair and all the other d words – you must say NO. You must pick up a mantle of RESPECT for yourself. God respects us so much HE allows us to CHOOSE LIFE!! So, choose it. Take ACTION in the area of living as you feel God instructs. Know that this will compel you to be VICTORIOUS over your past decisions that encased a destiny of death and you will emerge as your own greatest ENCOURAGEMENT. Be Brave my friend and over time, you too will answer the question – to live or not to live.

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To live or not to live. Choose life.

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What About You?

Lately, I have been pondering on the life of Judas – you know – the one who threw Jesus under a bus? I’ve been thinking about how Judas ate with Him, spent time with Him, had his feet washed by Him, took communion with Him – lived out life with Him and STILL betrayed Him. How did this happen? And how did Jesus do what seems impossible – in the midst of betrayal – He loved Judas & forgave Judas. Did Jesus know what was inside of his disciple turned rogue?? I think He did – I really do. However, in the midst of betrayal, Jesus moved into His destiny. What about you?

What About You?
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What season in life are you? Have you been wondering what you are supposed to be doing with your life? You have been finishing projects that have been weighing you down, re-prioritizing your private world, moving forward one step at a time knowing even where you are headed could change any moment? Read here to be encouraged on taking back your life – Things are shifting – people are receiving their assignments and moving away. New houses. New lands. New territories to be taken for the King. These changes are happening all around me – what about you?

What are you doing with your life? Today I feel lead to ask the question – what about you?

Do you have a vision for you? Do you know what God wants from you? Or are you simply living day by day by day in survival mode? IF you are in survival mode, do you have a plan to implement so that you can move from survival to thriving? Are you replacing the thoughts of the Lord for the thoughts of the enemy by accident? I have had to stop periodically and look objectively into my own private world and make a new decision. Click and read here about something specific I took action on in my private world – What about you?

No Peace

Judas. He erred so deeply he could not find repentance. He found no relief. He found no peace. He found no remorse. He found no sorrow. He only found his own heart taken captive by the enemy. When it was all said and done – Judas’ thoughts had been so clouded by darkness that he found the only solution to his problem was to hang himself. I do NOT think this was the right move. What about you? Where are your thoughts today? Are they consumed with you? With friends? With problems? With crisis? With survival? Somewhere along the way we must get with the man in the mirror and get with God and hear His heart for us. Jesus gave us life on the cross. Judas gave himself over to death and hung himself. What about you?

With Vision Comes Success

Listen, life is precious – its not what we do or where we go or the activities we find ourselves in that determine our worth – our worth is found only in Him. His Words to us. His thoughts for us. His ideas inside us. His vision for our lives. God talks about how we can be destroyed without vision. Why? Because with vision comes success! Even Jesus had vision for Jesus! Through that vision, Jesus had vision for the disciples who became His friends. Interestingly, one of them was lured and enticed by temptation and turned from his relationship with Jesus and gave himself to darkness. Look, Jesus had vision while on the planet and called those living out life with Him to fulfill it – to walk out His vision with Him, for Him and ON HIS BEHALF. VISION. HE had it. They caught it. What about you? Click and watch this video to be encouragedFamous Last Words.

From Disciple to Apostle

Then, there was Peter who denied Jesus and could have been caught up with the voices in his head as much as Judas but somewhere along the way, Peter was BRAVE and was BOLD as he said NO to the enemy of his soul. #bravetobraver Somewhere along the way, Peter HAD to be RESPECTFUL to himself and take ACTION and receive forgiveness from his community AND from himself. What about you? How is it that Peter moved into his calling? Peter did not start out as an apostle. HE had to make choices and one of them was to be VICTORIOUS over his past. At first he was a fisherman – who followed a Man Who turned him into a fisher of men. There were some bumps in the road along the way but Peter decided to receive the mantle of Apostle. It was God’s plan for him – an imperfect man – who was given the task to help build the church. Jesus even told Peter that after he was converted and truly became His that he was to strengthen his brothers and sisters – in other words – take a position of ENCOURAGING others to trust Him! Peter bravely moved step by step into his calling, his mantle, his new nature, his new self. What about you?

Get A Vision For You

I want to encourage you today to get with you and get with God- our Father and get a vision for YOU! Let God convict you! Let God change you! Let God support you and lead you! Let God LOVE you. I believe when Peter was at rock bottom, he may not have even been able to stand had he not had honor for God. When you cannot believe in you – believe in the God Who made you and remember HE believes in you! HE loves you! Honor God! Honor is what love looks like!

HE has an assignment for us! HE has an assignment – VISION! HE has a plan! Jesus carried out the vision of the Father up through His very last moment on earth – from forgiving others to assigning a place for His mom to live with a friend – to assuring eternity in paradise to a fellow on a cross – to calling out to the Father and connecting with Him before He took His final breath. Famous last words that live forever and point the way to living with vision and community. What does God have for you? I promise He DOES have something for you. Reconnect with God. Reconnect with you. Reconnect with community. Do not let another day pass you by! Get a vision for your life beyond the four walls of you! I commit to you that even if you have betrayed or denied God – HE has a plan – God is smart and HE always has a plan. What about you?

Until next time,

d

Donna Reiners with #bravetobraver

 

TAKE BACK YOUR TIME!

TAKE BACK YOUR TIME!

So, recently, we discussed this season to TAKE IT BACK which you CLICK HERE. I encouraged you to take back your house, your body and your life! How on earth do you take on such a task? It sounds almost daunting to me.

TAKE BACK MY TIME
Donna Reiners

BUT you can do and so can I – today – let’s look at TIME!

How can you take back your time?

Are you in control of your time or is time in control of you?

What is TIME?

Time is such a gift and once your day has passed – you cannot get that day back. Once that hour has passed – guess what? That hour is passed. Once that opportunity is behind you – you cannot always go back to it and it does not always come again. Today is a day marked for you with TIME. What is time and how can you address it. Well, I’ve created an acronym for TIME.

TALK – Talk it out with yourself.

Identify – Identify what is next on the agenda.
Mimic – Mimic someone you know who is successful in this area.
Encourage – Encourage yourself because if you do not believe in you – why would someone else?
Last time I mentioned about how it is time to –  LIVE YOUR LIFE!

SO TODAY BE BRAVE!

Be BOLD and talk it out with yourself. What is the problem? I mean REALLY…what is it? Honesty is best in order to get to the root of the issue.

Be RESPECTFUL and identify where you need to begin in order to get moving. Don’t just say eeeeeeny meeeeny miny mo! NO…look at what you put down and go back to it first. Finish it and you will be one step ahead from where you are right this moment!

Be ACTIVE and mimic someone you know who seems to get a whole lot done.

Be VICTORIOUS and encourage yourself by saying something positive about YOU!

Be ENCOURAGING for yourself and take back your past false starts and just get started again!

Now, today I was BRAVE. I went back to a ministry project that has been unfinished due to discouragement as well as a lack of creativity on what to do next. Funny how God moves WHEN you move…the other day I decided I needed to get back in gear and let no more time waste and what did I see but a picture of how I felt I could create it and sure enough…it worked. I’m encouraged and today I finished a prototype for an outreach program I’ve been developing for churches and businesses to use in their communities. TAKE BACK YOUR LIFE

I TOOK BACK MY PROJECT!

Therefore, I am one step further down the road than I was a few days ago. This is good. I can breathe again. Guilt cannot grab me because I’m using my TIME wisely! Because I finished this particular item on my to do list, I am now engaged and planning my next move to finish another attached item on my list. Why do you procrastinate? Some times I wait because I’m truly waiting on direction, impression, renovation, etc. Other times I have a sneaky suspicion I’m a bit afraid of success. Funny huh? Have you ever been afraid of failure AND success. What do you do to conquer this foe and be VICTORIOUS in this area? In order to be victorious I had to decide today that the prototype I’m releasing does NOT have to be completely perfect. The pressure of perfection and performance had to go under my feet today because I’m moving………PERFECT OR NOT………..I’m putting one foot in front of the other and today I have on my running shoes but I’m getting ready to run in my heels too. What shoes do you need for the journey in front of you? How determined will you have to be in order to take back your TIME?

STINKIN THINKING’

There is something called stinking thinking and oddly enough I feel I’m a major contributor to my own demise. My talk on the inside of me is not always stellar and I remembered the renovation God has been doing in my mind and am grateful He loves me and as HE renovates me, I will change and become more like Him. I wrote a piece on stability that might challenge you – I encourage you to check it out here and give me your feedback in he reply area – RENOVATE YOURSELF BY CLICKING HERE!

Where are you going to start? Tell me about it will you? WHAT IS NEXT ON YOUR AGENDA FRIEND!!

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TAKE BACK YOUR TIME

Take it Back!

TAKE IT BACK!

Take it Back!It’s time to TAKE IT BACK! What you say?

Take back your house. Take back your car. Take back your marriage. Take back your relationships. Take back your privacy. Take back your rest. Take back your time! Take back your job. Take back your position. Take back your body! Take back your kitchen. Take back your success! Take back your joy! Take back your direction! Take back your garage. Take it ALL back!

Take back your LIFE.

It is time to TAKE IT BACK!

TAKE BACK where you were headed and get back on track!

Take back your FOCUS! Turn from distractions!

Take back your courage! Turn from fear filled living! BE BRAVE! This is YOUR day! Take it back!

Take back your joy! Give your despair, depression and despondency back to darkness!

Take back your success! Tell failure to take a hike! That’s right BE BOLD about it!! Say it with me, “Just because I fail doesn’t mean I’m a failure! I’m a success!” Take it back!

What are you waiting for?

What on earth are you waiting for?? Are you waiting for someone else to move first? Stop waiting! Write down what you want to take back!

Stop waiting for you too! Just get moving…. It is SOOOO past time to LIVE YOUR LIFE  – read about how to live by clicking on –  LIVE YOUR LIFE!

Quit your dying and take back your living – its an action step – not a place of passivity! You will not always “feel” like doing the next smart thing you need to do! If you are wanting to be successful in a specific area then you must follow up and follow through! Don’t give up just shy of completion!

Be BRAVE!

Be BOLD and decide today is a new day to take it back!

Be RESPECTFUL to yourself and take back that negativity toward yourself!

Be ACTIVE and let yourself take back procrastination and move forward!

Be VICTORIOUS and truly let the past be in the past and take back your future!

Be ENCOURAGING for yourself and take back all the discouragement, beating yourself up and the like and encourage yourself! Be good to YOU!

So, today I did took a bold step….mind you…you might think it is very bold and that is okay. I may need to take steps you have already taken and vice versa. Would you like to know what I took back today?

I TOOK BACK MY FREEZER!

Yes indeed and in doing so, I cleared out meat from 2010…yes…that’s some old food I’d say. You know, when I was a kid, I just assumed we kept food for years and years. I grew up never knowing about an expiration date on items! LOL! So, if it was in the freezer, we just ate it! Also, I grew up with parents who shopped at a military base once a month at the commissary. Guess what? That meant that we got a whole bunch of food at one time to last us for an entire month. We purchased frozen foods, canned items, dried goods, etc. Back when I was a kid, we ate very little fresh vegetables unless we grew them ourselves.

Interestingly, I realized today as I threw out food that was truly no longer tasty, that my mind needed to change in how I shop. You see, I looked at some of the items that were expired and saw clearly that I would purchase something and then not use it…..WHY did I purchase it….why so …..I would have it….when I needed it! YIKES! I waited up to 4 years to use an item of frozen green beans and meat. Obviously, my mind got a little distorted in the freezer.

So, today I decided it was time to take it back! My friend Tammy drove in from Dallas today and she helped me as I took back my freezer! I have a few other places in my house I’ll be taking back as well but in the mean time, I’m happy about today’s accomplishment…its one more step toward taking back my kitchen and my house! So, what is your goal? Do you have anything coming up in your mind? Write it down!

POVERTY MINDSET

I learned something today as I confronted my need to have food in the freezer – that I’m shopping like my parents shopped and guess why they shopped at the commissary? They shopped at the commissary yes because Dad had been in the Navy but do you know why else they shopped in bulk? They shopped bulk because of how THEY had been raised…which was during the Great Depression!

Oh my! It dawned on me today that my shopping habits are partially from a poverty mindset! There is no day like today to move forward from an old way of thinking into a new way of thinking. I’m not getting any younger! As a matter of fact, I talk about getting older here!

Therefore, today is MY NEW DAY IN MY OWN MIND!!

Scriptures read in Romans 12 that we are not to be conformed to the image of the world but we should be transformed (transfigured) by the renewing (the renovation) of our minds… In other words, if I’ll renew my mind, God will supernaturally transfigure me to be more like Him! There is a practical work of renovating the mind and there is a supernatural work too!

So, what is it you need to take back? I’m exchanging my poverty for a mindset of plenty! What about you my friend?

Where do you need to start?

Write a comment below and tell me what you want to take back will you? What are you to take back and HOW are you going to do it? We all need encouraging ideas!

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LIVE YOUR LIFE!

20080110-NDI10119 FRONTHave you ever walked into a season of life when it feels as if the walls are closing in and the very ground you are walking on is now shaking? You turn to the left and that friend who was once your “bestie” has moved on saying, “Our season of friendship is over.” You turn to the right and that special person whom you have stood with and been through thick and thin with for years is suddenly just not interested in who you are or what you have going on in life. Wow. Breathe in. Breathe out. You look around you and realize countries are fighting, companies are folding and churches are changing direction. That family whom you have been friends with for years is divorcing and one of them is taking the other one for all they’ve got. Who knew they had such contempt for one another? Then it gets even more personal. A family member divorces because the man they were married to decided to leave her for another man – I guess the first clue was that he had more female clothing in his closet than she did in hers. Then, a family member gets sick. Another family member dies. Yet another is wanting to commit suicide AND MAYBE you are thinking of doing that too. You don’t know if you are up or down. It’s as if a day has come when every prop you used to help you stand up has been removed and you are suddenly wobbling around like a chicken that just came out of your shell. When a chick comes out of the shell, the world is new and its trying to figure out how to walk and what its going and where it is and so on. BUT – you are not brand new out of a shell are you?

So, what are you going to do when all hell breaks loose and you feel like you are falling apart?!

BREATHE IN

BREATHE OUT

DO IT AGAIN.
You ARE going to be okay. You will not just survive. You will LIVE.

LIVE.

LEAN into God – let the props go – let the crutches go.

IDENTIFY what it is you truly believe about this God Who says He loves you and Who says HE is your Father…its personal…its intimate….He is not just the Big Guy in the sky – if you have given yourself to Him then HE is now your Father and HE WILL NOT LEAVE YOU. HE is for you – but do you believe it in the midst of the tragedy?

VICTORY is yours IF you will let yourself truly truly trust yourself to His ways and His vision

ENCOURAGE yourself – do not just lay there and die. DO SOMETHING positive and prepare to move forward from where you are to where HE wants to take you.

  • You are going to have to be radically honest in order to LIVE.
  • What are your props? Emotional? Mental? Financial? Spiritual? Is it God or man?
  • Do you believe He loves you? This is a decision – not based on your experiences but based on HIS actions. HE DID die for you and HE DOES live and DOES make intercession for you today to become HIS and to remain HIS.
  • Can you ask HIM what HIS vision is for your life? MUST you continue to cling to your own thoughts or can you let Him give you His thoughts and ideas?
  • You DO have value and you are worth encouraging. You HAVE to decide to get up. I can lift you up and your friends can lift you up but you can just sit right back down again….its okay that we lift one another up and sometimes we won’t make it without the lifting but AFTER you are lifted…..are you willing to choose to live?

Only you can answer the above thoughts and queries.

I see your value. Do you? It is past time to Be BRAVE – Be Bold...decide today is the day to live. Be Respectful toward yourself and see your own personal value and take ACTION in living – you can honor yourself without it becoming a self centered selfish act – you can honor and value your life without running over others to do it. Remember there IS an avenue for VICTORY…..can you find it and then follow it? ENCOURAGE yourself in the LORD. Listen…today IS a new day and it is a day for personal bravery…be brave….until God makes you BRAVER.

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Lived LONGER than I have left

Have you ever noticed how the sanctity of life is being demised little by little year after year after year? Children are discarded alive and elderly people are cast away into nursing homes.

It is an ever so subtle happening…

I’m over 50 now and this means I have lived longer than I have left on the planet. When I was 17/18 years old my mom died at the age of 57. YOUNG. Her premature death haunted me for many years…for years I would stay up all night just because I had a fear of going to sleep and not waking up at all….talk about a sick point of view….I had it.  At the same time however her death also impacted me positively. I see life precious. I see life short. I see relationships precious. I know when someone treats me poorly it is because they have been treated poorly. I know if you don’t acknowledge me when I come into a room means you probably aren’t acknowledged in a way where you understand the value of your own life or others. I’ve learned (over time) to understand that most of us truly mean to do good….but we many times fall short because of our own personal issues. In other words – if you don’t like me – it may not be about me.

In my 20’s I was pretty arrogant. I searched for the meaning of life by delving deep inside my own heart…all 20 years of it. At that time I figured I had it all figured out. HA! I consulted my own mind and my own emotions and decided what was right or wrong based on my own experience…all 20 years of it. Bless my heart…I lived under a rock of denial and abandonment. This was how I handled death and tragedy and all of the trauma that came through it.  My mom’s death was not something I just “got over”. She was my best friend and influenced me more than anyone I knew. Then, she was gone so early in my life – well – it was more difficult than I can express. Yes, my dad was still living but he was hurting and had known her much longer than I had known her and the hole in his heart was a thousand times larger. Dad lived a long time and moved to heaven at the ripe age of 81….many years later.

Why am I sharing all of these seemingly disconnected thoughts and what does this have to do with the sanctity of life from babies to the elderly? I share because they are not disconnected in my brain and heart. You see I’m the 51 year old baby of my family and at the present time of this blog, I have a sister approaching 60 – another sister in her mid 60’s and still another sister who literally just moved to heaven this week – she was 68. When I was 18, 20, 25 and even 30 –  I could not ever fathom living this “old” and now being this “old” I can tell you – I’m not that old!!! LOL!!! Yet still I’ve less left than I’ve lived and in that mindset and that place inside of me where I’m watching all of us grow older.…I am able to truly see how as a culture, we could easily ignore what once was considered precious and honorable….and what God says is now precious and honorable – one another.

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My Main Distraction

So in this busy world we live in with our lives inundated 24/7 with business, busyness, social media distractions….face it…most of us spend more time on a computer or our phone than we do actually interacting with live human beings face to face where we actually look one another in the eye. In this place of computer land, have you noticed how our hearts can grow insensitive to the needs of others – even those closest to us? Wait…let me finish this post and then I’ll talk to a live person. Seriously. I’m sure this may not be for everyone but I’m sure there are some reading this whose kids want your attention but you are at your computer. There are some whose spouses would love to have actual time with you one on one without you looking at your phone – all of these “needs” to be on the computer to make us satisfied….our hearts are growing just a little bit colder and colder…and I gotta admit…I’m married to an IT guru and its with honesty I say that  I LOVE MY MAC.

Our precious sister who just passed lived in a nursing facility.  Her needs far outweighed anything any of us could provide and truly it would have been a disservice for her to live where her needs could not be met or where she would be in danger alone.Yet the guilt that shadows our hearts because of her living alone in a place like that was like a rake across a dry root covered ground. I would go to see her as often as possible and yet it never seemed enough on the inside of me. As I write this blog, this same sister just this week has moved to heaven. Her health was very poor – congestive heart failure, failing lungs, failing kidneys,  low heart beat and the list goes on.  Her husband traveled with her to the hospital and remained as much as he could and each one of us did as well. It would have been so easy to dismiss her and – she was not my responsibility – after all – she was not my mother and she had a husband. Yet, her own daughter lives in another city and was unable to care for her and her husband worked and could not be there every waking moment.

What do we do?

What do we do when the needs of another outweigh our energy, resources and ideas? WE HAVE TO GUARD OUR HEARTS to keep from becoming insensitive. HOW? BE BRAVE! Be BOLD and lean into the Father for wisdom, rest, ideas, energy and resources. HE will strengthen you to do what you can when you can and live as best as you can this life HE has given you.

What do we do?

Be BRAVE! We must pay attention to the cry of our Father Who wants us to RESPECT His guidelines for our hearts to stay right – stay pliable and soft and easily convicted and lead by Him.  We keep our heart undistorted by the cares and weights of this world and the busyness of our minds and stay focused on what and who is important to Him. We must take ACTION to LISTEN and to be as organized as possible taking care of His priorities so we have time for that suddenly that comes up in life that requires our attention like a loved one in the hospital….which is one of His priorities. We take on becoming VICTORIOUS by living guilt free when we are available to hear Him and respond to Him instead of our emotional regrets, guilt and distractions. We live bravely doing the very best we can daily and when we mess up – when we are selfish or when we are just losing our minds and must have a break from all the “duties” – we stop – we RECALIBRATE our lives and we ENCOURAGE ourselves! We get still and make a new list and start all over again 🙂

If we put ourselves in His shoes and walk out life through His life, we will have peace for our journey and be able to help another along the way without it eating us alive in the process….HE is the journey….HIM knowing us and us knowing HIM.

Look into your life. Is there someone who needs your love? Your touch? Your call? Do you need to recalibrate for this year and free yourself with a few minutes per day to reach outside of you into someone else who cannot give back to you? Don’t do it for kudos. Just do it for the precious shortness of life you and they have on this planet. Do it so you have fewer regrets. Do it for God – do it for them – AND do it for you. Stop. Breathe in and breathe out and consider your day before you waste it away. Love and see how love comes back to you.

Its a new day. Look at it as precious. Love while you can. Say a kind word when you can and answer that email, that phone call – that letter – that prayer request. Reconcile with those who you feel have wronged you and restore relationships with those whom you have wronged. Truth is when you have lived longer than you have left (if you have not already) – God gives you opportunity to love while it is still called today….and when someone does not love you back – well – all I can say is don’t take it personally – it may have nothing to do with you. Do your part to have humility. It is pride that refuses restoration or reconcilation even if it is disguised with hurt or pain or offense. RUN to the altar of humility and let the price He paid for your life be lived through you. Fight to sit in the back seat NOT the front seat!

LIVE your life while it is still called today. Live…longer……today…by giving yourself away…

Be BRAVE –  Bold-Respctful-Active-Victorious-Encouraging for yourself and for those around you.

Until next time,

d