Healthy Holidays: Always and never enough.

November 1st. Wow yall seriously 2017 is almost over but honestly I don’t want to *cause* myself to walk into a fit of “oh no what are we gonna do” so I’m giving myself permission to pause.

I want to let this month be more about less doing and INTENTIONALLY (more than normal) be focused on ALWAYS BEING. (Philippians 1:1-4)

Lately I’ve felt an overwhelming unsettling happening in my spirit, soul and body and today I listened to a podcast that suggested perhaps the unsettling is a hint at a case of the “never enough”…

Cue the ugly cry.

Right?

Because how often are we feeling never enough.

Pardon me for including you in that but I think I’m safe. But, Forgive me if you’re not feeling that squeeze.

This month, we’re starting there. In the ‘always and never’.

If you’re not there, can I still invite you to come sit at the table and maybe, you’ll find something that feeds whatever you’ve been hungry for.

Always and never.

These two words I heard in my spirit a few months ago when I sat down to read through Proverbs 31. I honestly let out a rebellious sigh thinking to myself that I can never measure up to her and almost before I could finish the thought, the Holy Spirit poured out this truth “you are not allowed to ever consider yourself in the context of your identity as always or never, to do so would cause you to miss the opportunities of growth, transformation and whatever I am currently doing through you.”

When He gave me this to consider, He followed up with the fact that when He designed us, it was with the truth that we are created in His Image; Imago Dei; and whenever we consider the gifts, talents, mind, ability and opportunities in this life; we are walking in authority with the ability that He gave us in order to be the hands and feet of Christ. We are here to finish the work that He started in us. Therefore, knowing this truth, we are and have never arrived completely at always or never.

Have I confused you?

Perfect. Because this is the very thing that the deception of the lie of comparison does. It convinces us that we are always something or the other or it cleverly describes one mistake as an absolute spiraling us down a slope of defeat called never. And His word promises that we are all being transformed everyday with renewed minds.

Friends, breathe.

Let’s do this one day at a time. Could you use that pause. I didn’t say you have to quit doing anything, I am merely suggesting a more specific intention regarding being.

So here’s what we’re doing in this season of life. We’ll be digging into the words of Paul that remind us how to adjust our focus toward lasting joy.

Our anchor verse is Philippians 4:8; but we are going to dig into the entire book using the She Reads Truth study guide also found here with devotionals ( http://shereadstruth.com/plan/philippians/ )

Whatsoever things are true,
whatsoever things are honest,
whatsoever things are just
whatsoever things are pure
whatsoever things are lovely
whatsoever things are of good report
if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (Philippians 4:8)

 

Here is our Digging Deeper Reading Plan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AND don’t forget about the upcoming Get Unstuck class… and of course there’s a song for it…

 

Write It Down & Get Unstuck

Write it down. Write down everything He says to you even if it makes zero sense. Write it down because I guarantee you’ll forget it. Write it down because one day you’re going to need to pull this out and remind yourself of who you are and just how much He has done for you. Everything you’ve ever searched for, everything you’ve ever tucked away as a desire of your heart and all those tiny spaces you thought He wasn’t concerned about; He’s there speaking. Listen, and write.

Walk This Way

Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, “This is the way you should go,” whether to the right or to the left. Isaiah 30:21

Friends, I’m inviting you to join me for a few workshops (some in person, some online) to help you get unstuck. Much of our “stuck” is self imposed and the lie that satan wants us to believe is that if/since we got ourselves in the muck, we must certainly find a way out. Well let me just tell you; first off that’s a lie and secondly, God is always there to provide a way of escape for us.

Oh y’all, I want to keep going with this because honestly, whether it’s spiritual, physical, emotional, financial, relational; wherever that lie has snuck in, we get to ask ourselves the question “who told you that”.

Anything. Every thought that comes at us; or better yet, comes for us; we need to be willing to ask ourselves “who said that”.

Just as in the garden God had to ask Adam & Eve “who told you you were naked”; when we ask these questions we’ll start to figure out if these seemingly random thoughts we’re having are from the life giving source of God or the steal, kill and destroy deception of the enemy.

Whether the thoughts come from us, what we read, listen to or the company we keep; EVERY THOUGHT must be sifted through His hands!

Get Unstuck

Friend the first step to getting unstuck is pausing to recognize that we get to move forward. Identify where you are, and begin putting one foot in front of the other.

Galatians 5:7-10 You were running the race so well. Who has held you back from following the truth? It certainly isn’t God, for he is the one who called you to freedom. 9This false teaching is like a little yeast that spreads through the whole batch of dough! I am trusting the Lord to keep you from believing false teachings.

 

 

 

Sign up here for the next #iamnotstuck workshop

Date: Monday November 13th 7:30pm EST

The workshop will be hosted on ZOOM (once you are registered you will receive the link to access the webinar)





Prioritizing life: sowing and reaping

 

Everything is permissible for me, but not everything is beneficial. Everything is permissible for me, but I will not be mastered by anything. 1 Corinthians 6:12

 

Know your why

I don’t pretend to have all the answers to prioritizing life. In fact everyday I remind myself of just how much I can’t do on my own. I KNOW that without asking God to organize my day, my thoughts, my no and my yes, I would be a mash up of miscommunication and displaced frustrations.

This month God has been walking me through Micah 6:8. Each translation breaks down the verse using varying calls to action but the commandment and instruction from the Lord remains the same. See He’s also been showing me how my life has been set apart for {such a time as this} His plan and although He might change the how, who and where; the why and what never change; because He is always the WHY and He is always the WHAT.

Micah 6:8 The Message (MSG)

But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do,
what God is looking for in men and women.
It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor,
be compassionate and loyal in your love,
And don’t take yourself too seriously—
take God seriously.

Keep on sowing, keep on reaping

The greatest hindrance to prioritizing our lives is fear. Fear tells us it’s too late, it’s too soon, people will hate us, people will really really like us, it stirs us up and it shuts us down. The greatest defense to fear is truth. THE TRUTH. And the Truth of His word promises that whatever we sow, we reap.

 

 

When God gives you permission, don’t you dare measure it against what other people think

 

This message of sowing and reaping is beautifully broken down by thought provoker and business leader Jim Rohn. Take notes. This biblical wisdom can be applied to EVERY AREA OF YOUR LIFE.

What is God asking you to sow? What is He asking you to reap?

 

 

How I lost my weight and why I don’t want your stuff

What if you stopped allowing what other people think dictate who you’re going to be and started living your life in a way that allows God to start blessing you more than you could ever bless yourself? HE WANTS TO DO THAT (Ephesians 3)

Earlier this week I was given the opportunity to listen to and review the new Matt Redman CD Glory Song. Y’all. I can’t. I can’t even explain what happened since I started listening to it. I literally feels like he may have found every journal I’ve ever written and started playing a melody to the heart songs I’ve sung over the years of brokenness, redemption and restoration. I shared some of this breakthrough song story on facebook and wanted to share it with you.

 

Every response we have in life is either out of fear or love // Bill Johnson

Yesterday I watched this unfold right in front of me. I shared something with someone that mirrored what they were doing/saying and immediately the person retaliated with a defensive “well I said it first”. Initially it caught me by surprise until I realized that the defensive posture to protect territory is also the response of fight or flight.

Love or fear.

Every response is rooted there.

Every word we speak is either rooted in recognizing that God has more than enough for all of us or it’s rooted in the poverty mind set of lack.

Every response of elbowing, cat clawing and erecting walls to guard our stuff is rooted in the fear response of OH NO YOU WONT I HAVE WHAT I HAVE AND YOU AINT GETTIN NONE OF THIS.

Every time we decide to shut out & close off or rise up and strut; it’s rooted in the fear of a case of mistaken identity & not being seen.

Every response rooted in love declares our recognition of the limitless God whose image we were created in, an extension of His hands, the movement of His feet, the Trust of His strength, the inheritance of the mind of Christ and the ownership of our seat at The Kings table as heirs to the throne.

What’s your response to life?

Answer me when I cry out, my righteous God! Set me free from my troubles! Have mercy on me! Listen to my prayer! How long, you people, will my reputation be insulted? How long will you continue to love what is worthless and go after lies? Selah Know this: the LORD takes personal care of the faithful. The LORD will hear me when I cry out to him.
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭4:1-3‬ ‭CEB‬‬

#SpiritANDTruth #rooted #getinneractive

 

 

About the album:
Matt Redman teamed up with several of his worship-artist friends for this album, first releasing the track “Gracefully Broken (feat. Tasha Cobbs Leonard).” Tasha Cobbs Leonard also released her own version of this song on the same day! The album also features Kierra Sheard, Guvna B, Madison Cunningham, and Kim Walker-Smith.

Social Corner:
Gracefully Broken Top Of The Tower Live Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__haUJns_b8

Gracefully Broken (Lyric Video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJNR0lxbIP4

Gracefully Broken (Song Story): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LeKJYkhIo8

Buy Link: http://capcmg.me/GlorySong?IQid=flyby

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The gift of your story

The Truth of our unique personal encounters with the Spirit of God, will speak to the immediate hunger of a person’s spirit more effectively than the eloquent dissertations of doctrine.

When I was younger I wanted to be a social worker. I wanted to help rescue children out of devastating trauma and secure a healthy home & family life for them. Then I discovered that God had given me a gift of writing and a heart – deep ability to articulate emotions and situations. I began writing with a depth of imagery that drew the reader into the moment. I began crafting from a place of persuasion, colorful mystery & romanticism and {I later came to discover} manipulation. These two “gifts” became tainted by a very dark, dismally desperate desire to be rescued and redeemed from my own existence; with an unquenchable thirst to find something to belong to and someone to blame for my chaos.

Ironically, the quiet desperate search for significance pushed me into hiding; far away from the people who promised to “pray for me” as I saw their concern morph into piercing eyes of judgement as if I was the cause of my demise and their righteousness should be my goal.  Anytime Satan comes after our identity it always comes with shame and condemnation.  But when Christ comes calling us by name it’s to redeem us back to our original design.

Shame called my name for most of my life.

It still continues to challenge my existence but it’s rarely bold faced neon signs; it’s hidden under the familiarity of the voices of recognition, memories, and repeat offenses that I haven’t handed to God. See when someone repeats an offense that was either done to us or that we’ve been the instigator; shame has a way of labeling us with the scarlet letter. Do y’all remember that story form High School Literature class?

Hey… can I ask a quick question?

The other day, something really cool happened. I connected with a new sister-friend that I’ve never met or even exchanged Facebook conversations with before.
God brought this unique conversation together over an ‘issue’ that she and I were both seeking His wisdom. This led to a full out “hey can we talk, I can’t wait to get to actually know you” conversation.

The vulnerability of owning our story runs a risk of being found out and that risk could offer the possibility of stones being thrown at us, but what if your willingness to step up to the line offers redemption? (John 8:1-11)

Who in your  ‘circle’ do you not know? Maybe it’s someone you’ve connected with through social-media or work that it’s one of those God-sent relationships but it’s been too scary or risky to truly let them know you?

Are you willing to put down your stones and see that Jesus has actually invited YOU to claim your place as His son/daughter & step to the line?

Conversations with my kids this morning about the realities of this world and their understanding about where they would spend eternity if tomorrow never happened… Sobering to hear their truth and trust in God’s sovereignty. After reading the YouVersion verse of the day it compels me to #keepmovin because #freepeoplefreepeople #iamtheonejesusloves

Acts 20:28-35

So guard yourselves and God’s people. Feed and shepherd God’s flock—his church, purchased with his own blood[h]—over which the Holy Spirit has appointed you as leaders.[i] 29 I know that false teachers, like vicious wolves, will come in among you after I leave, not sparing the flock. 30 Even some men from your own group will rise up and distort the truth in order to draw a following. 31 Watch out! Remember the three years I was with you—my constant watch and care over you night and day, and my many tears for you.
32 “And now I entrust you to God and the message of his grace that is able to build you up and give you an inheritance with all those he has set apart for himself.
33 “I have never coveted anyone’s silver or gold or fine clothes. 34 You know that these hands of mine have worked to supply my own needs and even the needs of those who were with me. 35 And I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

Where might God be asking you to share the gift of your story? Have you accepted the exchange of shame for redemption? If not, I’d love to chat with you and hear your story. Contact me or comment below

Further study:

Join us for the next Wellness Revelation small group. An opportunity to learn your story, unpack the truth of your identity and lose what weighs you down so you can love God, yourself and others. Click here to register