My friend. It is crazy what happens in life. Ups. Downs. Sideways. All ways.
One minute all is calm and the next it seems trauma has turned to drama.
Curves and bends along the way want to rule your day.
What will you do when a twist happens to you?
You’re shut down – you can’t follow through –
Your body can’t move like you used to.
Friends that once were are suddenly long gone.
Do not allow “those thoughts” push you down.
You’re not second class.
You’re still moving fast.
Lean into rest as you pass through the stress.
The test is “hold on tight” not run with all your might.
It’s “listen & trust” the One leading the ride.
Fearless is such a strong word but what if fearless is who you are? I look in the mirror and see a lifetime of fear, timidity, low self esteem, anguish, incompetence and worry. Honestly, it’s only been the last 10 years when I started to see a breakthrough in my thinking. Sometimes it takes a lifetime to discover that your weaknesses can be your greatest strengths. Feeling I deserved nothing was probably one of the strongest emotions I’ve faced. It’s strange I know. Many suffer from entitlement but mine was a lack of it. Both are equally unhealthy. Demanding it right now is no less dangerous than not caring at all if you ever “reach that …. you fill in the blank.” Some ask why I’m ‘in business’ now or how can I charge for helping people get well mentally and emotionally? Fascinating that they will pay someone else for less change than what I offer. It’s interesting that their context is almost offense as if I have no business charging money for my skillset development. But others do? It took years to unpack the respect for myself so I felt charging anyone was righteous. In the mean time I was content with nothing because I felt I did not deserve more. Ministry sound so much more loving than business. Really? Fear blinds you from inheritance. Fear keeps you bound to lack. The lightbulb continued to go off as I witnessed less respect when I gave away my services versus charged for them. Rarely do people respect what is given to them. I did not see that before but now I get it. What’s this got to do with fearless? I did not charge because I did not love myself enough to feel worthy enough to deserve being paid. Such a fearfully twisted identity. For years I attracted people to me who also felt no worth and therefore were also content with nothing. You won’t pay your bills, feed yourself or your family or have any way to help others when you have nothing. Listen- Bravely love yourself today. Not because you deserve it right this minute but because love is who you really are and it’s love that pushes fear out your door.
Loving yourself will change you, your bloodline and spheres of influence.
When you love you – you can share love with the ones around you. Love- d
Why look out the window? I say look in your own mirror. Man and woman! You are made in God’s image. Who lives inside you is as valuable and as powerful as the one who preaches a message, sings a song or takes a mike. Christ in you makes you … glorious. Now just BE WHO YOU ALREADY ARE IN ALL HIS GLORY. love-d
Guest writer – Crystal McClung with Radiant Joy Consulting, LLC
a feeling of having already experienced the present situation.
I have had dé·jà vu my entire life. Moments in time, as if it’s happened before. There are many theories of why this happens. Feel free to google those but in this moment I want to share my working definition.
These moments of absolute clarity down to the very fabric of a curtain, time of day, furniture placement and location often take me aback. I’ve come to learn for me they are prophetic moments that when they do come In that dé·jà vu moment, they are a confirmation of where I am supposed to be.
Tonight I had another one. I have only lived in my home since October. All day I’ve been preparing the basement area for another Identity Vision Board Workshop tomorrow. As I picked something up it hit, full blown, a moment in time and yet I had been here before. No mistaking the curtains that had been left by the previous owner, the classroom setup, the time, etc. And in that moment I had confirmation of where I was physically, leading in passion, feeling in emotion, and healing in life. I welled up, thankful for all things.
How do you know you are right where you’re supposed to be? God confirms His best plans in many ways. Take a moment and ask Him. Expect Him to answer; He will. You have a place here. One of honor, destiny, planning, and love. Receive it from Him today.
I used to be the one in torment and I used to think I was going crazy. My work was impacted. My school. My marriage, my family. You name it. I was destroying it. My life was going nowhere. But nobody knew. But I got answers that made sense, thankfully without drugs to numb me or dull the pain or confusion. It took time. I was worth it. There ARE reasons for unexplained emotions that run out of control. These deep areas can be addressed so you can think with clarity and access who you really are… Cycles of sickness and anxiety are sometimes trapped and simply need released. Don’t give up hope.
I’m thankful for solid answers and healing in deep places that allowed me to experience valid and long lasting transformation. I am not the same person. My change did not happen overnight but it was worth it. Your future does not have to be your past. Don’t give in to giving up. The answers are inside you – both the good and the bad – the happy and sad – it all right there. Not for a few. All can see and all can find – the solution in time. Blessings..
You’re shut down but you can’t say because nobody would believe you anyway. Your mind is overwhelmed – it’s like you’ve been stoned. Left for dead by lies – feeling frozen inside. You want to trust but you don’t know how. This is probably your season right now. Hate and fear won’t disappear as long as you listen and hold them dear. They take you captive and mock your cries. They know The solution lives deep inside. Father. Son. Spirit. The three and one abide. In me and you. We are His bride.
Sometimes Christians blame everything on the devil yet is that really the truth? Maybe deep inside you just don’t believe in you. Maybe that’s why it’s taken so long to get out of the emotional cycle that traps you in shut down. Is this why it’s taking so long to recognize yourself in the mirror? Listen. Reconsider the future. Reconsider the past. Look yourself in the mirror and call yourself a friend at last. Tell yourself you can do it. Tell yourself not to look back. Tell yourself not to turn around or give in to the voices of lack. Take a step toward trusting yourself. Take a step toward believing again. Take a step toward forgiving yourself. Step away from your thoughts of the sin. God does not think about it anymore. Maybe you shouldn’t either? Move forward friend. One step at a time. Maybe you need an action plan? Just plan out the next three steps. Even if those steps only take you to the next day… you have still stepped farther than yesterday. Until soon-love-d
What does spiritual maturity (LOVE) look like when mobilized? Is it practiced in real time kindness toward the soul & body- a hug, dinner, a ride, help to finish projects, wisdom, friendship, a listening ear, a time to process thoughts, baby sitters, elder sitters, medicine, prayer, a helping hand, clothes, gas, food, etc?
Process keeps us in tune with our core and Creator.
Jesus knew His call at 12
but others didn’t see til His 30’s.
Process. Life. Living. Mistakes.
Start Overs. Do it again. And so on. Until. Until. We are loving
and being loved until we
can love and be loved.
All about the #Love. You be you.
I am me. Receiving. Giving. Relational. Authentic. Non judgy. Learning. We all live it differently. Condemning someone else’s “what” is not “how” God does it. Live. Love. People are going to have an opinion of you. You can let their fingers of accusation stop you or strengthen you. Let God’s love sustain you. Been thinking.
Do your best to look at the person in the eye that you’re with… Do your best to engage in what they are saying through their eyes… Pain is real. Love the person in front of you. You could make them live one more day believing in themselves and the life they have in front of them. Love is a hug. Love listens.
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Be someone who cares this new year. Someone who gives. You do not have to be a “caregiver” to care giving. You can give where you are whether big or small. First let’s talk about big.
I know a woman who has loved deeply. She has held the hands of women and men as they live their last breath on planet earth. It was not as a hospice nurse or paid caregiver. She has cared enough to give her time, resources, affection and passion to see another live…and then die.
Some of these would have died far before their time. She has valued them when they had no value. She has treasured them when they felt they were trash. She has been their companion when they would have died from loneliness. She has cared enough to give.
In her own search for value and identity, she has preserved another’s value and identity.
She is deep water. In essence she has given her life for another. Her maturity came at a price and her love is now priceless.
Let’s talk about small. But is any action of giving really small to God? Giving soup to the woman next-door who has been sick and cannot feed her family. Cleaning the yard of the elderly couple down the road because they just can’t seem to have the strength to do it anymore. Telling the mom who you can tell is about to lose her temper with her children that she is doing a good job… Because she thinks any minute she’s gonna lose her mind. Loving the person you are with even though they are depressed and don’t seem to like you anymore. Loving them with no expectation of anything back just because you know they are lonely and I need a validation and friendship. Valuing them. Valuing you. Valuing life on the planet. Loving the person you are with even though they are depressed and don’t seem to like you anymore. Loving them with no expectation of anything back just because you know they are lonely and need validation and friendship. Valuing them. Valuing you. Valuing life on the planet. Loving yourself when you look in the mirror instead of turning away with disgust at how you no longer like the way you look.
Let this new year Be your opportunity to find a value in you and those around you. In small ways or in big ways. Love is the answer. You have permission to give a care about you. And then you have permission to give a care for those around you with that same kindness.