GET OUT OF THE BACK ROW!

Get out of your comfort zone. Get out of the boat, and dance on water with God! 

Last night at Bible Study, I met an amazing leader and I know that she will play a role in my success in making my biggest dream come true! In fact, she already has! She and I have alot in common and I know once we find time to meet and get to know each other, the similarities will grow. How do I know this? God brought her into my life for a reason!

You see, the first day my best friend and I decided to check out this new Church called Lifepoint, and we sat in the audience in awe, the music and the people drew us both in. I felt the music in my very soul, I felt His presence in my heart and felt as if my heart was beating stronger as a result. I knew in that moment that this Church would become a part of me. I told my friend, Karen, that one day I will be standing on that stage.

This is basically the same message that this amazing leader spoke about last night!  She talked about how she sat in the back row of this very same church when God spoke to her and gave her the same dream and she followed His every move to be that leader on stage speaking for God! I had to meet her! I didn’t hesitate, not even for one second, to walk up to her and introduce myself. Years ago, I never would have done such a thing. I was too shy, too intimidated, too scared.  But ever since God directed me and placed that desire in my heart to write my first book, “Signs from God”, He has constantly urged me to get out of my comfort zone and put my faith in Him!  I’ve taken that chance every time and I know that one day, I too, will be on that stage dancing with God!

Everyone has a life to live; everyone has a job to do in this life. So live your life, but take some time to really think about what your purpose is in this life. How can you help other people? How can you help spread God’s Love?  Is it through healing? Is it through your music? Is it through teaching? Is it through serving? There are so many different ways we can do God’s work. Spend time with God and He will lead you. Ask for His help and He will guide you. Believe in His timing and know that He is with you and loves you unconditionally, all the time. He will help you get out of your comfort zone. He will bring the people into your life, at the right time, to ensure you have everything you need to be successful. God wants you to step out of that boat; out of your comfort zone; away from safety, and put your trust in Him! He not only wants you to walk on water like Peter, He wants us to Dance on Water with Him!

Start speaking life and purpose so that you feel it in your soul! You are meant to make a difference in this lifetime! With God’s help you can do anything you set your mind to! Here’s a picture I had taken after a Young Living conference when I knew that one day I would be up on a stage, bigger than this one, speaking about stress, anxiety, depression, and Miracles and how Young Living and the Lord changed my life!

See It; Dream It; Believe It – It Will Happen!

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If It Feels Right, It’s Right!

I’m pretty sure we would all agree that decisions are very difficult to make at times. I know personally I was in a very dark place and so distraught trying to make a life-altering decision.  The tears I shed were almost never-ending. Finally, God stepped in and realized I had had enough. That’s because I was begging for His help because I couldn’t decide what was best. I couldn’t understand what His Will was for me, and it was His Will that I wanted to follow. Finally, I was prepared to make a decision based on what I thought I wanted, and then literally minutes before the decision was communicated, that decision was totally flipped the other way. His Will was relayed to me, and the next steps were revealed. What I learned during that time was that if it feels right, it is! If you are struggling with the decision then that’s your answer. Stick to what feels right!  When it feels right in your heart find a way to stick with it and make it work, whatever the issue is. Once you make that decision, just do it! Be strong, be committed, make the change and be done with it so you can and move on! If you dwell on it too long, you will change your mind and drive yourself crazy!

Only you can change your life; only you can change your destiny!

Feel good about the decision and move forward! 

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Let Go and Let God!

Everyone has there own way of praying and talking with God, and one of my favorite ways to communicate with God is through Journaling. This morning as I was sitting in my quiet place at the lake, I started thanking Him for getting me to the Lake this weekend and for the rain we heard as we were lying in bed before we got up. It was as if God were raining down on us and the peace I felt was so comforting. I then started thanking Him for his presence in my life and in that moment. I’ve been struggling lately with letting go of worries and asked Him to help me trust Him and not worry about anything or anyone else for my peace. It was then that it dawned on me, that God has my back and all I need to do is turn it over to Him and stop stressing about the things that I cannot change or control.  Then the phrase ‘Let Go and Let God’ entered my mind. I knew this all along, shoot I tell other people, so why do I need to be reminded all the time? I guess it is always easier when you are living in that moment, but now whenever I start to regress in my worries, I will remember and repeat this phrase, “Let Go and Let God”!

After all, God is the only one in control of our lives and it is in His timing when we will recognize the rewards and all of the puzzle pieces of life will fit together and we will realize the importance of His timing!

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Hold Onto Your Dreams

Do you have a dream or a goal for your life? I hope that you do because everyone should have something to work towards, look forward to, and get excited about! Don’t let that dream just be a dream though. I urge you to be committed and determined never to give up!

Just because you have a dream and you pray that it comes true, doesn’t mean it will. God may have another plan for you that is better. No matter what that plan is though, you have to work at it. Good things take time. Little by Little with God’s help He will point you in the right direction. He will bring the right people into your life to help you. It can be accomplished. Things that develop slowly are accomplished with hard work and patience. The foundation-laying years of a successful business, or life, are not necessarily exciting, but they are absolutely necessary if we want something that will last. Expect Challenges because that is where we learn to grow. Develop yourself. Become a better person, the person God created you to be.

Dream Big Dreams! God wants us to be happy and He wants us to live an abundant life!

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Are You Arguing With Your Other Self?

There are times in life when we tend to doubt ourselves, our decisions, and second guess everything we do. It’s almost like we are two people. One of us has a plan, knows what they want, and can actually be happy about the potential outcome. Then there is this other person within us that always shows up and creates an internal battle inside your soul that can leave you feeling broken, stressed, a nervous wreck, and even make you so sick you break down.  That’s actually what happened to my mother. It’s amazing that I am able to recognize this in my own life as a result of what my mother went through all those years ago.

I am so blessed to have such a strong mother, she was a fighter. She turned to God, and God took control. If you are struggling with a similar situation, or just doubting your own ability to make a decision, I encourage you to Stop Fighting Yourself, and Start Fighting For Yourself!

Listen to your heart and validate what it is YOU actually want. Push aside all the chatter of everyone else, and stop worrying about pleasing everyone because you simply can’t. Don’t worry what people think of you, because they are not living in your shoes. Do what is right for you and keep the faith that you are making the right decision. Even if it is the wrong decision, God will find a way to turn it around and make it even better!

Someone recently told me that you are the only driver of your train; the train of your life! You can’t drive someone else’s train. You can’t change anyone; they have to be willing to do the hard work themselves. What you can do though, is protect your conductor. That protection comes from God, and He is fighting for us even when we can’t fight for ourselves. So give your burdens and your worries to God and let Him carry the them for you. Listen to what He has to say, validate whether or not you need to act or take an action regarding your situation, and do your best to follow His path. Then come back to the present and live one day at a time; just keep on keeping on and move forward knowing you did the best you could for you!

With God’s help you can fight for yourself! Fight for your life! Fight for what is right!

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Things Will Work Out!

For the past few days, my messages from God have been so clear! The messages I receive and timing in which I receive them, truly amaze me and they have over the years so many times. His timing and how He relays these messages can be mind-blowing. At times, I just sit and shake my head, sometimes I laugh, sometimes I cry, but every time I know it was a sign, a message from God that I am an on the right path.

You have to be open to recognizing these signs. You have to be on the look-out for them as well. I’ve heard and read so many times, ask and you shall receive, and I have! True, sometimes not right away, but in His time I receive what I am looking for, waiting for, and have asked for and it comes my way! Even when I don’t receive everything I have asked for, I know there is a reason for that. Some of our unanswered prayers are the best, because something even better was given to us in its place.

God knows what we are going through. He knows the issues we are dealing with. He knows our deepest, darkest secrets. He knows everything, even the move we are going to make before we make it. That’s how He knows what we need, and when we take the wrong turn, He is there to re-direct our path so that in the end it will all work out for the better!

Every trial we go through is a testament of His love for us. He wants us to become closer to Him and trust in Him alone. Through the trials of our lives, and in our darkest times, is when we typically turn to God. When we do, He is there to guide our path and makes us even stronger. He makes us better people. He helps us become the person He created us to be! So rest peacefully knowing that even though you may be struggling at this very moment, that God is with you, and God will always be there for you. Talk to him as you would your friend, because He is your very best friend, and He will never leave your side! In fact, sometimes, God deliberately sets us back, so that we can we have the time to heal, to take care of ourselves, to recognize our need for God in our lives. This is when he is testing us and our faith. God wants us to think of Him first. He wants us to become closer to Him, and He wants what is best for all of us.

Think about all the people who have come and gone in your lifetime for a minute. Try to recognize how that person changed your life, or maybe how you changed theirs. It can truly be overwhelming when you really sit and think about it. It’s such a larger picture than you and I could ever imagine; down to the tiniest of details. God may shut some doors, but He opens others. There are so many people that will enter your life as the years move on.

God has brought me so many wonderful new amazing friends this past year that I don’t know what I would have done without them in my life right now. I thank God every day for everyone of them, and I am continually learning to be myself, trust in God, listen to what I need and not what everyone else may need. We have to take care of ourself before we can help everyone else. No matter how hard it may seem, God has our backs, and things will work out! Things will work out for the best – the way He wants them to, and in his timing, because he wants what is best for everyone involved – not just you!

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Hope for a Different Kind of Better!

Today was a little enlightening for me. I’m an author, as you know, so I write alot; I journal alot; and I am very close to God. Despite that closeness, I too struggle. We all struggle with life at times, and with the decisions we make every day. Then we have to deal with the consequences from those decisions. We have to decide, is this what I really want? Is this what I really need? The struggle is real. I am no different than anyone else who might be reading this. We all wonder from time to time, why Lord? Now what Lord? What is your plan for me? Which path should I take? Send me a sign God! Please help me to understand God!

So, today, I thought I needed to listen to some of my own advice. Silly as it seems, I picked up my book, “Break Down Your Walls: Be the Person God Created You to Be…Be a Better You!” And I began reading my Chapter, The Lord is Our Protector, and in my own words received a Sign from God, who brought me back to this book and my own words, where I read:

“Sometimes you’ll never get back to the way things were before, no matter how hard you try, but you must grow to accept that, and know that it will become a different kind of better.” – Sharon Shabinaw

Different Kindof Better!

No matter what situation you may be dealing with, know that God is with you, and God is for you! He will always be with you. Just reach out your hand and whisper His name. He will walk beside you the entire time, and He will carry you when you need to be carried!

Just remember, no matter what, there is always hope, and in every situation there is something positive to be recognized. Even our unanswered prayers turn out to be some of our greatest gifts. We just have to look a little deeper and widen our lens of view to see the bigger picture and where His hands have been and the blessings He has given us!

 

Could This Be Your Sign from God?

If you are seeing this post, that either means you’ve been following me, or God had a plan for you to find this message!  For that I want to THANK YOU and GOD!  Consider yourself blessed today because this is exactly what you need in your life!

Why do we not all know about these amazing bottles of essential oils that God himself has given us?  I would love for you to connect with my Facebook Group so you too can learn as much as you can about these miraculous bottles of essential oils that support every system in your body, not to mention your emotional health and spiritual grounding! You see, God gave us what we needed to survive a long time ago. That’s right. On Day 3, God created the trees and plants that cover our ground with abundance!

As God continues to lead me on this journey of helping so many more families live a healthier life with less toxins, less stress, and more energy to do His Will and live an abundant life, I would love for you to continue to follow me on this journey!  You see, God has led me to Young Living and I do believe this is His plan and the venue that will lead me to much more success with my writing, sharing how stress has impacted me, and helping me share how I have learned to deal with that stress since my heart attack!

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Finding Peace Within

Always stay true to yourself! You may lose some lose some friends and even loved ones, but those that stick with you, believe in you, and want what’s best for you, are worth the risk of losing when you do find yourself and who is still standing with you! But one thing is for sure, even if no one is standing by your side when you look in the mirror and see your true self, know that GOD IS ALWAYS WITH YOU!!!!

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There is one book, “Jesus Calling”, by Sarah Young, that I have picked up every day for the last two in half years. I highly recommend this daily devotional as it has touched my life in so many ways. It is as if God is speaking directly to me on so many days and in so many ways! He too will speak to you through Sarah!  I’m going to quote the devotional that prompted today’s message above!

I have promised to meet all your needs according to My glorious riches. Your deepest, most constant need is for My Peace. I have planted Peace in the garden of your heart, where I live, but there are weeds growing there too: pride, worry, selfishness, unbelief. I am the Gardener, and I am working to rid your heart of those weeds. I do My work in various ways. When you sit quietly with Me, I shine the Light of My Presence directly into your heart. In this heavenly Light, Peace grows abundantly and weeds shrivel up. I also send trials into your life. When you trust Me in the midst of trouble, Peace flourishes and weeds die away. Thank Me for troublesome situations; the Peace they can produce far outweighs the trials you endure.”

– Sarah Young

It’s important that we do put aside every day some quiet time to sit and talk to God. Give Him your burdens. Talk to Him as you would your best friend. Welcome Him into your heart, and He will remove the weeds from your life! Just remember, it is in His timing and that there will be mountains we must climb if we are to learn to become better versions of ourselves!  Enjoy the journey – the good and the bad – look for the positive in everything because everything happens for a reason!

 

Find Your Peace

Everyone is dealing with issues, some more profound than others. Some people are more open and verbal in expressing their troubles, fears, and their life in general. While others hold things deep inside and keep things bottled up in fear of upsetting someone or being seen for who they really are.  Yet, both types of individuals, can be seen from afar and you would never know what they might be dealing with, if anything at all.

Then there’s people like me, that are a combination of both, they may tell their dearest friend, their mother, or someone else close enough to them their dark deepest secrets and keep it bottled up from the rest of the world. No matter how you deal with your issues, it all comes down to the same thing. You have to deal with them! I was praying to God this morning and asked him to help me sort something out in my life. I’ve given my burdens to Him in the past and He has kept me from getting over stressed and anxious. This continues to be a work in progress when it comes to dealing with stress and everything that can gets you down in life, but knowing God is there working on my behalf helps me get through.  This morning after my quiet time, was no different. I came into my office and started scrolling on Facebook and came across this message that I believe was an answer from God.

Find Your Peace

by Dan Pedersen

Worrying about what other people think about you, will prevent you from being your best.

It will prevent you from being real.

It will prevent you from doing the right thing.

It will prevent you from being what others need you to be (which isn’t always the same as what they want you to be).

It will prevent you from being at peace.

Do what brings you peace. Not only will you be more satisfied, but you’ll be what the world truly needs you to be. A peaceful mind creates peace in the world.

Yes, I believe this was meant for me to see this morning, and I hope it was meant for you to see today as well!  Give your burdens to the Lord, and He will help you find your Peace! Never give up hope!

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