Invitation into Silence 1

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!!!

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Shot of Whiskey

Shot of Whiskey by Donna Reiners
Shot of Whiskey by Donna Reiners

Today is a different kind of encouragement and it fits whether you are young or old or in between. You can be single, married, divorced, widowed or single with kids. Honestly, I believe it is pertinent to you and your life regardless of age. I encourage you to read this today. Maybe you at times feel you will either yell or cry or drink a shot of whiskey.

What do you do when your life is out of your hands? You seem to be a victim of circumstance? You wonder if anyone hears you crying inside. But the truth is no one knows you’re alive.

These are my thoughts today. I just finished wiping up poop from the floor, carpet and wall. Wow. Really? Yes – really. Actually, I almost called this Poop on the Floor but decided that was a great title for another time. It did not disturb me or cause me to think poorly of the person whose bowels released in my home. I can clean up the poop. Instead, it has caused me to get quiet and consider life and how we respond to people (not circumstances). My precious friend is staying with us for a season and we eat a tad different than she is accustomed and so that being said, a vegetables only diet moves through her body pretty fast. My choices are to yell, cry or drink a shot of whiskey.

I decided to do none of the above – instead,  I chose to write. She was humiliated already so there was no need for me to point out that there was poop on the floor. I chose not to yell. I mean really? What would that accomplish other than make her feel squashed like a bug. She had not even had time to tell me. She slipped into the bathroom to clean her body and I found the debris hiding on the hallway floor. Obviously it was there and her cleaning it was not an option as I did not want to have to pick HER up from the floor if she lost her balance which would have totally made me cry. She kept saying that she could clean it up and all I could say was that its okay and I did not mind in the slightest bit. I mean, what if it were me who had loose bowels? How would I want to be treated? Granted, if this happened daily, it would probably test every fiber of the fruit of the spirit inside me and I would need to step away to find that peace. As a matter of fact….side note….the person she lives with has had every nerve in her being tested and it is a battle really because when you are a 24/7 caregiver – its a whole new ballgame of responsibility and need for rest. I have seen this care giver learn how to walk out life with kindness, love and loyalty. She knows how to love you even unto death and you just cannot say that about every person you know. Truth is that I’m more of a relief pitcher so my arm is not as tired in this area. Caring for someone all the time who cannot work, drive, cook, remember to eat or drink or what day it is…well…that’s a whole new level of pressure and pain. I have such incredible respect for the woman who loves the lady I’m looking after and know for certain she faces the same choices – to yell, cry or drink a shot of whiskey.

Shot of Whiskey

Love. Joy. Peace. Patience. Kindness. Goodness. Gentleness. Faithfulness. Self Control. Yes, these are the ways we are supposed to treat OURSELVES AND OTHERS. Don’t just be good to you and then shoot the finger at your neighbor just because their trash can ended up in your driveway. The wind could blow yours into their way next time. Truth is that what comes out of you and me already lives inside you and me. So, when it does come to the surface, look at it….why are you unkind to you? To others? Enough of the soul search. Back to my point and yes, I do have one. So, if you have stuck with me this far – some of you have already dropped off because you either think this is irrelevant to you or its too close to home so you want to avoid going there…but IF you are still with me, then I encourage you to consider all of this as if you were drinking a straight up shot of whiskey for a horrible cold or taking a shot that will save your life or….you get the picture. It may burn going down or hurt as it moves through the tissue but in the end it might just be good for you.

Pray With Me

God, I feel completely clueless. I see that life is precious and honestly, I’m unsure how to walk it out day by day. I can barely take care of me much less someone else. Help me know how to be kind to those around me and kind to me. Help me make room to love with touch and words and not just washing dishes or picking up the trash. I love you. Help me be love for those around me. Help me run this race so that when the day is over You say well done.

I love you – it is time to #BEBRAVER. Get a new attitude. Your life does not belong to you. You gave it up when you said I do to Him. Have some mercy. Mercy toward you and mercy toward others. Stop controlling all your circumstances and just love where you are and find out just how amazing God is to give peace.

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d

 

Pity or Pleasant?

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Ps 40:1-3 I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.  He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD. (New International Version)

It is God’s desire for us to stand in a firm place, to Behold Him and sing praises to Him, so that others will taste and see and know that HE is the Lord God Almighty, and put their trust in Him. So, if you have been in a pit by choice and you know it, today is the day for you to choose freedom. Hard to imagine anyone desiring to remain in darkness but it happens to the best of us. Cry out to the Lord! Change your mind about desiring to stay in pity, pain, or entrapment and choose this day to desire freedom. If you are willing to agree with God and trust Him in freedom, then He will answer you and pull you OUT of the pity of depression, pain, and grief and give you a firm place to stand. What about you? Have you ever realized how your “horrible circumstance” could have been avoided by taking some very simple steps? What can you do today to cooperate with God regarding what you need to do to walk out of the pity or pain and into a pleasant place? Sometimes it IS our choice to make: pity or pleasant?

Pray with me – Father, show me how to respond to You and to life and to problems. I have to move forward but feel paralyzed by my past. It is ridiculous. Help me in Jesus name. Let it be.

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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

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Still Stuck in a Parking Lot

Surely, I won’t be here long…this is what I would ponder…as I asked myself why on earth was I still stuck in a parking lot.

I am at the end of an odd season. Everything within me wanted to give up and turn back and give in and look down. However, this was new territory for me since my mantra for some time had been just the opposite. I pondered a little bit on how many friends would stick around if I was no longer the go to friendly let me pray for you person who encouraged when life was bleak or dark. It only crossed my mind but let’s me honest now…how many friends have you chosen NOT to hang out with or be friends with WHEN they are not their usual fun self? This may not be you but it is some of you. God wants us to rejoice when others rejoice…but He also wants us to weep when others weep – not condemn, not try to change, not try to hurry them along so they can get with the happy program. But how about you take just a moment out of your day to be their sunshine, lighten their load, give them a word of encouragement, be their spiritual mom, friend or confidant. Are you able or willing to make room for others when they are not who you want them to be in YOUR season of life? Don’t be condemned and don’t be upset. God says it’s okay to go there – after all – honesty is a fabulous place to sit when still stuck in a parking lot.

Encouraging Myself

Thankfully, I’m about to the end of a season where I have been weeping any given moment of the day. Sadness would take me over and I would just cry and cry and then cry some more….and then I would be fine again – until the next wave of sad rolled my way. It was as if I had turned into a Hallmark commercial because I teared up at the strangest moments! I could have thought I was losing my mind but that was not the case. The LORD is my light and my stronghold whether I’m in the dark or in the light. HE still lives in me and through me and does not leave when I’m not on the top of my game. I think that is the challenge with all of us when living out life with one another. It’s easy to be around someone who is a happy camper but a whole new story when their day has turned dark and they need a friend to light a candle for them because they have no strength to even find the matches. Still it’s a beautiful season for me personally because of my relationship with the Lord…its so sweet and so timely and so good. I’ve been sitting in my prayer room listening to some specific lyrics from Merchant Band when they sing, “You are so good – You never leave, like I think You should. You are so kind ….You still give me life. I’ll let You make me, I’ll let You break me, I’ll let You fix me until we’re One.” It’s on repeat until I switch over to another song by Jason Upton when he sings, “Come up here, come up here My beloved” and he sings about John on the Isle of Patmos and his encounter with God. Powerful. In case you don’t know, John was banished to an island because of him being a follower of the Christ. He had to encourage himself in The Lord for many years because in a much stronger way than me, he was definitely stuck in a parking lot.

Enemy of Our Souls

You might ask if I’m feeling sorry for myself – no that’s not it. You might ask if I’m hurting or in pain – no, not as far as I know – but it could be part of it. Frankly, I have a sneaky suspicion that some of the emotions and ideas stem back to earlier in the year. Also, I feel I made some sort of emotional covenant with an ungodly source and this is truly the enemy to my soul right now….granted…yes…God is living and breathing in me and loving me….but some of this emotional duress is due to something other than God drawing me.  Yesterday, I dealt a bit with the enemy of my soul and felt a strong breaking through into my true self. I will tell you that whatever season of life you are in –  if you don’t deal with your emotions, ideas, feelings – they WILL eventually deal with you. So all of that is pretty much why I’m still stuck in a parking lot.

Superwoman Cape

I’ve experienced some loss –  our sister moved to heaven in January of this year. Prior to that we had some friends who decided they were no longer our friends. My sister’s husband also, suddenly passed. We had strong changes as well as several deaths in our church family. In addition, we have had sicknesses in our immediate community. I’ve been taking in one thing at a time like a good soldier 🙂 with rare discussions with myself on how I am handling these shifts and transitions. I laid down my superwoman cape many years ago or so I thought…apparently, I had a spare cape in my closet that I slipped on….and have just been going going going…. Though I’m a spirit being, my human being part of me needs ministry and loving and stopping and considering this thing called life. So, that’s kind of what I sense The Lord doing in me in this particular season. Though it feels very odd and out of sorts to be stuck in a parking lot, I’m cognizant that I have a good Father Who cares for me and is drawing me into His lap. We are reasoning together in this season – Him doing the talking and me doing the weeping – I mean listening. HE is building me back up and encouraging me and strengthening me. Admittedly, I’m thankful HIS love for me is so deep and wide. Though you may not be stuck in a parking lot, I want to encourage you to take deep breaths, look around, breathe again and give yourself a great big HUG from God. HE is never too busy to love on us whether we are on the road or still stuck in a parking lot.

BE BRAVE

Therefore, it may be time for you to prepare yourself to be BRAVE and #bravetobraver. Get ready to GIRD yourself up with BOLDNESS and realize you CANNOT live in a parking lot. So, have some RESPECT for yourself and get the plan of ACTION you are going to take when it is time to take it. Know it will prove to be a VICTORIOUS move over your past and very ENCOURAGING! God loves you and HE is for you and HE knows who we are and where we are and HE is not in a hurry to be in a hurry. So, I declare over you and me a release from false obligations, false responsibilities and false relationships so that you and I can BE STILL AND KNOW how good HE is and how for us HE really is….

PS………I’m not living here and you should not either – I’m already planning my escape and writing my next word –  LEAVING THE PARKING LOT……..LOL – how about you?

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d

Don’t Jump Ship!

Refuse Defeat

Ever been overwhelmed? Ever felt like your mind is in a battle for its life? Ever felt like failure was your condition? Your to do list has been incomplete for so long you forgot the last time you did anything on it? Every day normal simple things are an uphill climb? Refuse defeat even while feeling like you are in last place. Get dressed. Brush your teeth. Get your shoes on and get to the grocery store. Head out with your head held high even if you feel as if you are falling into failing. The devil is still a liar. Who cares if you are treading water? That just means your arms and legs are gaining strength. Be grateful. Choose thankfulness. Choose. Decide. Don’t jump ship.

Talk To Yourself

Condemnation is not your friend. Darkness is not your soul mate. Don’t go to bed with negativity. Face it and command joy. Maybe you don’t like your job, your friends or your church. Tell your attitude to take a hike instead of you taking a hike. Don’t jump ship.

Lock, Stock & Barrel

Life is short and did I mention that the devil is a liar? Did I mention that there comes a time in our life where we must either belong to Him lock, stock and barrel or be like a dog and get put out to pasture by an enemy who is extremely loud yet only the size of our little finger?

Voices in Our Heads

Let today be the day when you and I say no to the voices in our heads who are pushing us out one step at a time – you want to tell your boss to kiss your grits – you want to tell your friends you don’t need them – you want to leave your church and go to another one when really – you are the problem – not the church. I know, you think you did the right thing yet did you really? Humility can be confidently wanting to hear God’s voice and coming to a place when you can admit when you are wrong. What if – just suppose that the enemy is drawing you away and you don’t even know it because you think it is the other person’s fault? Wait – you are a grown adult! What if you are getting ousted by an enemy instead of miscommunication, confusion or misrepresentation? Your problems will follow you because wherever you go – there you will be and there the same enemy will be to tempt you to bail. So, let’s evaluate our mindset shall we? One decision at a time – one voice at a time – one person at a time – starting with yourself.  Again, don’t jump ship.

Shut Your Own Mouth

Instead, be BRAVE. Boldly, take control over the rudder that controls YOUR SHIP and with all due RESPECT, shut your own mouth instead of waiting for others to shut theirs. Take ACTION and shut up your bad attitude, negative emotions, gossipy self, critical thoughts and failure based mindset. Show just how VICTORIOUS you are and let thankfulness come into your mind. If your mind just cannot wrap itself around gratitude then ENCOURAGE YOURSELF and make your mouth comply anyway and say with me, “THANK YOU FOR LIFE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR LOVE, THANK YOU FOR THE ABILITY YOU HAVE PLACED WITHIN ME TO CONTROL MY OWN MOUTH AND BEHAVIOR. I REFUSE TO ALLOW AN ENEMY TO PUSH ME OUT THE DOOR. I REFUSE TO THROW MYSELF UNDER A BUS. I MAKE  THE CHOICE AND I SAY LOUD AND CLEAR TO MYSELF – have some personal BRAVERY and DON’T JUMP SHIP.

 

For clarity – watch this short video and be encouraged and don’t jump ship. (Are you willing to get the picture?) 🙂

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Can't Touch This

Denial to Destiny

Denial to Destiny
Donna Reiners

Flabbergasted, I sit in awe of life and the struggle it has with death and how each of us must face moving from denial to destiny.

I just got off the phone with someone who told me her son asked her to kill him. What do you do with that? Where do you place that inside of you? How can that be? All I can say is the enemy – the devil – is a liar. His intent is to kill, steal and destroy and entrap us in denial. We cannot let our guard down for one minute. It’s just not worth it. The enemy takes us seriously – so we must do the same. The enemy has no awe of life and he certainly never wants us to move from denial to destiny.

A knife drawn. No awe of life. Complete denial of destiny.

There is resentment and bitterness deep inside a heart that seeks to kill or be killed. Unforgiveness screams. The enemy’s lies took captive a heart to prevent them from embracing love. Accusations toward God are loud. No awe of life brings death and it causes a person to remain in denial. Denial of value. Denial of love and life. Denial of God’s goodness and ultimately a denial of God Himself.

It’s not God’s fault.

Our God is not a killer contrary to the latest twist in the Noah movie. God is a lover and God moves with righteousness to right what we wrong – to bring love where we release hate – to bring good where evil is accepted and to be kind where unkindness is rampant. And to move us from denial to destiny.

Gird yourself up man or woman of God.

Gird yourself up.

If you are dealing with confusion read about – Doorway of Doubt

Move from denial to destiny – Check out this video of how Peter moved from denying Jesus to writing part of our church history. If he can do it – so can you!

All I can do is love that person. I cannot stop the son and I cannot change the mother but I can love when they cannot love themselves. Love is the answer. I have awe of life inside of me for them and I can see their destiny in Christ.

Jesus came to bring abundant life and the enemy remains fixed on his assignment to wreak havoc through destruction. Where I ask is your focus? Where is mine? Where is your awe of life? Are you in denial of your value? Can you move from denial to destiny?

Every moment of every day we have a choice to make where to place our thoughts and what kind of ideas flow from us into humanity around us. Someone somewhere around you is just waiting for a handshake, an open door, an encouraging word, a selfless action, a coffee, a treat, a smile. Love comes through our actions and it can break the power of denial and bring another into destiny. Yes, we must pray and sometimes it is the only action of love we can give – maybe the other person just cannot receive from you right now. Regardless, we love – through prayer, through actions. We show we have belief of our own destinies and the destiny of others through loving and being loved. We love ourselves – you need to have value for you. You have a future and you have a hope! God made you in His image. Get past the false humility wondering if God can ever use you. Honestly, I despise the phrase God wants to use you. I believe our Father God Almighty’s plan is not just to use – but HE lives through you and HE lives through me and He does so intentionally. He loves you. HE has awe of life through you to love others and wants a complete turn around from denial into destiny. Now, love those around you. Quit denying them love. Show value for those around you whom perhaps get on your nerves or are arrogant or fearful. This intentional God Who loves through us wants us to respond and show the world how HE has destiny for them.

So, the question is will we embrace this Intentional God living through us 24/7?

Wallow or Move Forward

The enemy loves to steal through offending us or causing another to be offended by us. This is his plan of attack and accusation – to cause unforgiveness to divide and destroy anyone pursuing God. Think of Jesus Who lived in the midst of betrayal. He still served even though HE knew denial was on the way.  Peter denied Jesus and Jesus even warned Peter about it. Peter did not believe he would ever deny Him and yet that is exactly how life played out  – he denied Jesus. When it was all said and done –  Peter had a decision to make – he could wallow in his past of denying the One Who believed in him and go hang himself like Judas OR he could pick himself up and move forward and discover his destiny. Jesus even gave Peter his assignment before the denial took place! Jesus told Peter that after he was converted, Peter was to strengthen the church. Guess what? Peter had a destiny! Peter wrote part of the New Testament. Peter was a Christ follower and then Peter had folks follow him as well. Peter had to grab hold of his own value and grab his own mantle when it was all said and done and move forward into his own calling. Peter moved from disciple to apostle when he moved out from his failure and moved into position to receive God’s love and God’s abundant life. He moved from denial to destiny.

Maybe your call is to be famous and rock the world with a million followers! Maybe your call is to be famous only in your own home and rock your family with your love. Whatever the call is – receive the LIFE that goes along in it to bring you into HIS will and to KEEP you in HIS will and to move you into destiny.

Let not the enemy steal from you any longer. Let not the enemy kill yet another dream, another thought or another opportunity. Let not the enemy destroy you any more. Instead, rise up and confront what confronts you.

BE BRAVE!

Be BOLD in loving you and be bold in loving others. If they do not love you back – don’t take it personally – just take them to God. Be RESPECTFUL in how you treat you and how you talk about others. TAKE ACTION to show respect for you and those around you. Be VICTORIOUS OVER YOUR PAST…its time…take that one habit that drives you crazy and conquer it! Read here how to Take Back Your TIME and conquer your past. This will ENCOURAGE YOU more than anything else has in a long time.

When you embrace living and loving you will develop a sense of value for yourself and others and you will indeed find an awe of life and you too will move from denial to destiny.

Until next time,

d

 

 

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!

Take it Back!Be sure and follow my blog if you are not yet please? NOW – decide today to #BEBRAVER! Take it back! Tell me what! Tell me how if you want to as well and let’s take back our lives together! Ready? TAKE IT BACK!

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,

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