From time to time we all may stray from God. It’s normal. He knows we will, but He continually calls us back to Him. It’s always an open invitation. We just need to respond by reaching back out to God. He is always there with us. That soft voice of a whisper you hear at times in your head, that is God leading you back to Him. All we need to do is take time to talk with God and become closer. It’s no great effort on our part – we just need to give in and open our hearts to His loving presence. He wants us to experience the depth of His love for us.
God never said that life would easy. He never said we wouldn’t experience pain, but He did say He would never foresake us. He may not provide immediate relief when we pray for Him to do so, but know that He is setting in motion the conditions we need. It just won’t happen on our timetable. God’s plan is the best plan. Remember, too, that God gifts everyone something different. He may have blessed one person with abundance and they seem to be living a life of ease. Yet He may have blessed another person with fragility, and through that they too will learn their lessons and be blessed in many ways through their struggles, and yet still live a life of abundance!
No matter what we are blessed with, know that we are God’s children and He wants the best for each of us. When we seek God and make the time to grow closer to Him, He comes closer to us. He will renew our hearts. He will make us strong. He will get us through the toughest of situations. He will give us lasting life.
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.” – Ezekiel 36:27
You see when we become closer to God, our spirit does renew; because His Spirit is in us. It is that soft voice we hear that moves us to follow His plan. We just need to be open to receiving His Word and knowing it is His Will that we are acting on. Like I posted the other day, brush off that devil on your shoulder and let the good guy win! With God we can do so much more! With God, we will live an abundant life!
This morning, I started my day with God by reading a few days worth of my favorite book, “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young. I’ll admit, I fell behind a bit and have some catching up to do. God knew that, as He knows everything, and as always, He spoke to me this morning and actually challenged me with a few tasks for today. Yesterday, I wanted something to Blog about, but nothing was coming to me. I prayed last night, and this morning it became clear. When God speaks to us in that soft voice we hear in our heads, we should always act on His plan!
How many times have you heard in your head things you should do, but just brushed it off? I was always told as a kid that there is a good guy on your shoulder and a bad guy on the other, and that we should always brush off the bad guy. Today, I know that good guy is God and the bad guy, is the devil. I don’t know about you, but I always want the good guy to win! When we are hearing all of these negative thoughts in our head, who do you think that is? It’s the devil trying to pull us down! God is on our side, fighting for our attention. When you give your attention to God, God gives you the answers! He is fighting for us, so we should fight to remain faithful!
Push those negative thoughts out of your head. No matter how bad your situation is, there has got to be something to be grateful for! Don’t stop until you find that one thing to be grateful for and then hone in on that thought. Then when you feel yourself slipping back to the negativity, hone back in on that one positive thought. Close your eyes and ask God to help you remain positive even though you may be feeling otherwise.
While we are waiting for the tides to turn in our favor, we need to make preparations for the change with expectancy in our hearts! If we continue to believe it’s not going to happen, or something bad is going to happen instead…more than likely you are correct because you are allowing that negative thought to exist. Instead, ask God for what you need, act with expectancy that it will be and know without a shadow of a doubt that if it is His Plan, then it will be. If it is not His Plan, then trust that He has a better plan. Get over the fact that it didn’t happen the way that you planned, and know His plan is better, and it’s on the way. It may take a little longer than you thought, but it is coming.
When you act with expectancy, the wait isn’t that bad because you know it is coming. Sometimes the anticipation is even more exciting than what you are actually waiting for! Think about it. Remember how exciting it was waiting for vacation to get here and then, just like that – it was over? You had more fun in your head dreaming and planning everything you were going to do. It got you through those bad days just knowing your vacation was coming. It’s time to put your faith to work and start believing, start expecting good things to happen, and take actions to prepare for His Will to be done! Listen to what He is saying, for He is the ‘good guy’ on your shoulder guiding you and preparing you for a life of abundance. Don’t let the bad guy win!
I can’t tell you how many times I have strayed away from my dedicated time with God because of my own desire to spend my time more productively doing the things I feel I must do. Yet, every time I come back to that quiet place talking with God and being present with Him, I am always amazed. It’s as if He knows, and He does, exactly where I leave off and when I will pick back up again!
This morning was one of those days. It is my desire to start my day with God because I know that is the best way to stay intuned with Him, His desires, and His Will for my life. Then, it is the evil one who tempts me into wondering what’s happening on Facebook or who responded to my messages, etc. Once I give in to the distraction, it just spirals into my day and God is left waiting for me to return. I always return in the evening in prayer, but had I started my day with Him instead, the result would have been so much greater!
You see, as we grow in our desire to please Him above all else, we gain strength to resist these distractions. It is a daily battle, but if we stick with God, we can’t go wrong – for God is the way! For me, it’s as if He answers my prayers almost immediately at times. I always give Him the praise and express my gratitude towards Him because without Him it would not be possible! I give Him thanks first, and then I let Him know what it is I need. I always ask Him to bring the right people into my life to help me do His Will!
If you are lucky enough to know in your heart what His Will is for you, then you are truly blessed. He has a plan for all of us and He gave each of us a Gift that we are capable of blessing so many with. For me, every since I was a young child, He placed a dream in my heart to be an Author. I never thought that would happen in a million years, but He had a plan. You’ve heard though that it will happen in His Timing, that is so true. I had tried earlier to attempt writing a book, but nothing ever happened. His plan for me was to write spiritual inspirational stories and that plan took time. It took Him putting me into situations where I could learn what I needed to learn before I was actually ready. He placed certain people in my path that would help me. He led me in the right direction and reguided my steps when I took the wrong path. Nothing will stop His Plan, though it may take you much longer to get there when you are not listening and following His lead.
Now that I know this, when I pray, He answers me. I, though, have to be open and patient to recognizing His words, His plan, and His timing. I do this in knowing and believing in Him and Him alone! For His Spirit is always with me, and He can do amazing things! He has blessed me in so many ways and I know that the best is yet to come! He gave me a second chance at life. He allowed me to heal inside and out after a heart attack last year. He has blessed me with my second book, “Break Down Your Walls: Be the Person God Created…Be a Better YOU!” available now on Amazon. Where I share with you everything I learned and wish I had known before my heart attack. I learned how to deal with my stress, which is what caused my heart attack. Now, through my writing, I am able to help so many others who are struggling as well.
Now, He is working for me to put me in a situation where I can begin to grow my following in a manner that will allow me to dedicate more and more of my time on His Will. I have found that His Will for me is inspiring others to become a better person, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. The current path He is leading me on is the natural path of wellness in living an abundant life of overall wellness by spreading the love of essential oils. Essential Oils was God’s Gift to us from day one! They date back to before Genesis in the Bible and are mentioned throughout the Bible as being the cure to many ailments. I have found that Young Living Essential Oils is the only company that I would trust when it comes to 100% Thereapeutic Grade Oils because they are the only company with the Seed-to-Seal promise guaranteeing their authenticity through rigorous testing methods and processes to ensure nothing but the absolute best quality. The oils and products that Young Living offers support every system in our body and aid in supporting our overall wellness, emotions, balancing our spiritually through meditation and aromatherapy. There are three ways you can use the essential oils: topically, aromatically, and ingesting by using the vitality oils that you can put in your water, use in cooking, or take internally with a vegetable capsule as a dietary supplement.
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Last year after my heart attack, which was all due to stress, I had even more stress and anxiety as a result of almost losing my life. I remember screaming in my head, “God I am not ready to Die!” He gave me that second chance and I thank Him every day for that! Since then, I have prayed for Him to give me a way to help to supplement our health and our income so eventually we could relieve some of our stress.
If you’ve been following me, you know Mom and I have been writing for years and that has been our ultimate dream and goal in life. During my recovery period after that heart-attack is when I was writing my second book, “Break Down Your Walls: Be the Person God Created … Be a Better You!” While I was writing that book, is when I was praying and it felt like I was praying the entire time I was writing. It also seemed that He was giving me the words to write, as He usually does. It was two weeks later when Young Living came into my life. At first, I had no intention of selling Young Living. After all, I just had a heart attack, was preparing to go back to the same stressful job, and certainly couldn’t take on another project at that time. However, as soon as it dawned on me that Young Living could be the answer to my prayers, my thought process immediately changed, as did my life! I knew without a doubt that this was God’s answer for me I have given it my all ever since. Young Living has changed me and my ways in so many different aspects. I couldn’t be happier. I thoroughly enjoy sharing and helping other people realize the benefits of essential oils and how they too can change their lives physically, emotionally, and spiritually! I do this through my inspirational writing as I have been doing for years, and now I also am able to share the love of oils and how they can help support our emotions, stress levels, health, and overall wellness!
If you would like to learn more about Young Living and how you too could find an affordable way to ditch the chemicals in your life and switch to a more natural way of living through plant-based products, I would love for you to join me Thursday, August 10th at 8pm EST LIVE on Facebook. Please connect with me through Facebook https://www.facebook.com/sharon.daileyshabinaw and let me know if you’re interested and I’ll be sure to add you to the invite! It can change your life as well! You won’t be sorry! After all, essential oils were God’s gift to us and date back to Genesis and mentioned in the Bible many, many times!
This is something I have learned over the years, and it truly does seem that the more you seek, the more you will find. The more you reach out to God for support, the more support you will receive. You see, all we have to do is turn to God, give Him our worries, our problems, our desires, and in return He blesses us beyond our wildest dreams. The thing though is, that once we give it to God, we have to have faith that He Will will be done! God has a plan and we cannot change that plan, even if it is not what we wanted. What we will find though, if we give it time, is that His plan is a better plan for all involved. To take it a step further, we have to also realize that it is not always just about us and our desires, but the desires and the needs for everyone involved.
Sometimes, it doesn’t make sense to us, but we have to trust that His way, is the best way! One day it will make sense, and until that day comes, leave it to God, put your trust in Him, and Faith in the unknown. When we start recognizing God’s hand and show gratitude, the more we will recognize His Will in everything!
I was wondering what I could blog about and it became so clear to me, because I have so much to be thankful for. God gave me a second chance at life. He took control of my life and forced me to take the time I needed to rest, to heal, to grow, and to become a better person…the person He created me to be!
As I sit here looking at this rock and the word Gratitude, it means so much because I am grateful for so much in my life right now. I truly feel as if I am in the middle of such a pivotal point in my life. I’m 54 years young, happily married, and have a wonderful family. I have my health back, and I am conquering stress. While it will always be a challenge, I feel like I finally have it all figured out. Sometimes, I have to remind myself to give it to God and listen to my own words and remember that we can only change our reactions. We can’t change people or situations, and worrying about it, isn’t going to change anything! You see, after my heart attack last year and all the soul searching and self-development I went through, I now feel like I have a secret and I want to share it with the world.
My second book, Break Down Your Walls: Be the Person God Created You to Be … Be a Better You!, is allowing me to share that secret and I couldn’t be happier. It’s only be out for a couple of weeks and I have already received messages from people saying how much they’ve enjoyed it and they are now buying more for their friends and family! I have received so many good blessings and I know that this is just going to continue more and more as I continue to plant seeds of healing greatness.
Many of you may know that it’s always been my mission to inspire other people to become a better version of themselves – emotionally, physically, and spiritually and I couldn’t be happier than to be blessed with this dream! God gave me this dream many, many, years ago and now I am living it out. I know it is only going to get better, and I couldn’t be happier! I’ve been saying for a while now, “the time is now”, and that is where this pivotal point comes in! I truly believe I am in the midst of something so big it almost feels like a dream at times. How can you love what you are doing so much that it is all you want to do? That’s how I feel right now! I’ve always been a leader and not a follower, and now I am leading a group of other leaders on their own journey….this journey is what we call, the Young Living journey!
You see, everything I learned after my heart attack led me to Young Living. I haven’t even been with Young Living for a whole year, and yet I feel like I have grown a whole other family that I’ve known for years! We support each other and want everyone to grow together! We are all ranking up so quickly in this business because Essential Oils are a critical part to our overall wellness. Essential Oils have been around for over 23 years now, and we all Gary & Mary Young to thank for that! Essential Oils have become so prevalent in today’s current society that everyone is turning to a more natural way of living and looking at other healthier, cleaner, alternatives to living a better life.
This new family I have come to love means the world to me, and everyone on my team is now my extended family. I want the best for them and can’t wait to help them make their own dreams come true as well! We are in this journey together and together we will inspire others to become a better version of themselves – emotionally, physically, and spiritually – and Young Living Essential Oils and my inspirational writing, is going to make this happen – not only for me, but for my extended family as well! For that I will forever be grateful to God for all He has given me, and all that He will continue to bless me with! If you would like to join us on this journey, we would love to help you as well!
The philosphy, integrity, and culture that Young Living Promotes as a company is better than anything I have ever been a part of! Their training, and support reinforces everything I learned through my self-discovery and it only reinforces those best practices that have made me the person I am today. Their product lines support every system in our bodies. The research and testing that they have done and continue to do is far above any other essential oil company – Young Living is the only company with the Seed-to-Seal guarantee! I could not stand behind a company or product I did not believe in and I wouldn’t ask you to either!