Here’s to wishing you an amazing Tuesday. Be inspired. Be encouraged. Be motivated.
Today is the first day of March. It’s a new month. Time to create micro goals and get to moving. You are now in the third month of 2017 and are you doing what you love? Are you doing what you want? Are you making the changes that you said you would? It’s not to late. Let’s make it happen.
Published on December 2014
Christmas is a special time
To give, to serve, to love
It isn’t just about yourself,
But others that you think of
The presents, the trees, the glowing lights
Are fun but have no part
In what the real meaning of Christmas is…
That is in your heart
Even if other people don’t,
You should try to do
The things that you would want
Them to do to you!
The holidays are a busy time
But they are sometimes good
Because they keep you thinking
About others like you should
So this year, try to not think about yourself
But think of the things you can do
To help others have a wonderful Christmas
And you will find that you will be happy too
My Motivational Monday Moment is inspired by my girlfriend Tya. She and I had dinner a couple of weeks ago and she said something so profound to me. I was telling her what was going on and how some people hate me for the things that I receive. That God has been moving people in and out of my life over the last few years and I’m struggling with the loss.
People assume they know what’s going on in my life when they have no idea. She smiled and said you have favor. I said “I know sis and I’m thankful of it, but how can you hate on someone who has favor.” She laughed and said, “Favor is not Fair”.
There it was.
Favor is not fair.
Psalm 5:12 (NKJV)
For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield.
I felt as though man was persecuting me because God has favor on me and my life. Was it fair? Nope. But, as Tya said, “Man thinks in terms of fairness and equitable treatment, but God is divine.”. Woohoo!
My girl was dropping knowledge. She was sharing what I needed to hear. Many times I question God about his favor. Are you sure God? Me? Thank you God, but am I ready? Do you think I can do it?
When my ex-husband called me in April to tell me that he was getting laid off? I asked him “Are you okay?” He replied “Yes.”. I told him that God will redirect our path by closing doors and opening new ones for us. I told him to trust in God. He thanked me and we got off the phone.
I immediately begin to pray and I asked God “What am I going to do? I have a birthday party that I planned and paid for. I’m moving and now I have to financially support my son by myself. God, how am I going to make it?”
God immediately spoke to me and said “Haven’t I always provided for you?” I immediately felt at peace. He had. He has never forsaken me. Even when I felt alone, God was always walking with me and waiting for me to call His name. He never missed a beat.
I thought I was alone, but I wasn’t. My ex continued to pay his share of childcare and Munch’s life continued uninterrupted. God then allowed me to get an interview for the current job that I have now. He allowed me to move into a different role making more money and more responsibilities than ever.
My response was simple….Thank you God!
Favor isn’t fair and God has favor over my life. I can’t explain it and you know what? I don’t have to. I’m thankful for it and I’m using my voice to share the stories of my survival. I’m also a testament to God’s grace and mercy in my life.
You may think that your life sucks or you can’t imagine getting a better job or situation than you have now, but get over it. You can. You have to know that you are worthy. Worthy of more than you currently have.
You are bigger than any situation or problem you find yourself into. You may think that God has abandoned you, but He hasn’t. Sometimes He’s blocking things you can’t even see. Just know that you can always count on Him.
My girlfriends and I were given the great opportunity to be of service the Saturday after Thanksgiving. We volunteered at Christ House. What an amazing time we had! Serving others allows you to remember to count your blessings and that even Jesus came to serve.
45 For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”
In late September, I reached out to some of my girlfriends and asked them would they be interested in volunteering with me. We always say that we’re too busy and we wish we had more time to catch up so this was a way for us to do both. My friends heard the call and answered. I am thankful.
Although our first group effort lacked two members we made due. Christ House has a small kitchen so they can only have 3-5 volunteers at a time. So, we had three, including me. There were all men there (except for the nurses) and they were so kind and thankful for our efforts. We didn’t cook this time. We made sandwiches and salads and a side of fruit.
We were so blessed by this experience on Saturday that I was reminded of the blessings of: friendship, life, health, family and housing. Thanks abounded and we were given the blessing of being able to do some good will. They stopped and talked to us and the chef was so wonderful that we decided that we would volunteer our time at Christ House again.
A little about Christ House:
Christ House opened in December 1985 as the first 24-hour residential medical facility for homeless persons in the United States. Today, Christ House is still the only facility of its kind in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area where over 6,000 people experience homelessness every day. To the best of our knowledge, there are only 13 stand-alone residential medical facilities for the homeless like Christ House in all of the U.S. and Canada. Since our inception, we have had over 8,000 admissions.
Patients are admitted to Christ House from area hospitals, shelters, clinics, and medical outreach projects. They suffer from a variety of illnesses and injuries including cancer, hypertension and stroke, liver disease, kidney failure, diabetes and related amputations, HIV/AIDS, respiratory disease, major lacerations, fractures, and ulcerations of the skin. Many are malnourished, anemic, depressed, and desperately disconnected from healthy sources of support.
Here are some photos:
Can you believe that this year is almost over? It’s the first day of a new month and I want to wish you an incredible day filled with love and joy. I want you to focus on today and not last month’s issue. I want you to know that you are loved and appreciated each and every day.
Did I tell you Happy Friday? Nope? Well here goes:
I wish you an amazing day and a more amazing weekend. Laugh a lot, dance a lot, run a lot and believe that everything will be okay. You know why? Because it will.
Happy Monday Folks!
I know, I know…Some of you probably woke up angry, frustrated, sick or disappointed by things that are happening in your life. It’s cool though because I want you to focus on one main thing today…
You woke up.
It’s not that bad.
Remember that trouble don’t last always and that we are stronger than our situations. Do not get discouraged sweet heart with the angst’s of this world. You are invaluable and invincible and I’m happy to know you.
Be incredible today.
Sigh! I had a rough yesterday. Some days start off so good and then someone does and/or says something that sours your mood. Has that ever happened to you? What do you do?
I hate when people tell me to not let it bother me. What? How do you do that? It’s human nature. One of the things that I’ve done though is to not allow myself to be pulled into foolishness. It still bothers me though. I just won’t engage.
Even though I want to. But, I am a work in progress. I am a learning to live in the light, walk in the light and appreciate the darkness because I know that trouble don’t last always and that joy does come in the morning. One step. One day at a time. That’s all I can do some days.
Find joy in the things that I seemingly take for granted like…
So, I counted my blessings. Realizing that I need to encourage myself to be faithful in my joys and understanding that I can survive the darkness. Rejoice. I have survived worse. If you only knew my testimony. Be encouraged today and know that it will get better.
So, one of my fellow bloggers, MidiMike, took the challenge last week and said instead of nominating people to take it, I want you all to post what you love/hate in the comment section so we can get to know each other. How cool was that? I did and I realized after doing that challenge that I was just counting my blessings. I smiled and said a prayer of thanks.
Even when I feel the storms of life are raging and the decisions that I don’t want to make are hurting me, I press on. I had a dream last week and I couldn’t handle the dream. It was as if God was speaking to me in the dream and letting me know…it’s time. Time to stop delaying the inevitable. I woke up in tears. But, I woke up with understanding.
I was blessed and I knew it, but I was spending so much time with my mind, body, spirit and heart not being in alignment. I was tossing and turning in angst about some things and I didn’t WANT to do what I knew I had to do. But, I tell you that when God speaks, you listen. So, I did. Made some choices and moved on.
I’m in a better head space.
Here’s my response to the challenge of the 10 things I love and the 10 things I hate.
2. Being a mommy
7. Sunny Days
8. Rainy Days
9. The color blue
1. Dishonest people
2. Manipulative people
8. Bees/wasps/yellow jackets
9. Wasting money
10. Opportunities not taken.