Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Tippy -Toe or CANNONBALL!

Jumping out of the sea of sameness and vast similarity requires BOLDNESS.  The goal isn't just to be different. The real goal is to be original, fully you, and authentic. Using your own voice. In your own lane, daily fulfilling your purpose and all assignments within that purpose. Achieving significant success. Feeling your core desired feelings. 
So, how do you achieve boldness enough to JUMP out of a life of monotony into a life of achievement and significant success? 
Here's what I recommend as action steps to do just that today:
1. Listen and Compare - put down that phone, log off social media and get quiet. Listen to your life. It's speaking. Do some examination of your current state of life and the stark reality of it. Compare it only to where you really want to be, what you really want to be doing and WHO you really want to be. What are the disconnects? What do you need to do, focus on and/or change to get to where you want? Decide --now that you know ,you will begin to take steps daily to transition out of where you are TO where you desire.

2. Develop quality relationships - we were created for relationship. The quality of your life will be determined best by your connections and if those connections are healthy or unhealthy. Acquire healthy relationship skills. Learn what healthy, loving and safe relationships really are. If there are core relationships in your life that require fixing...fix them. Let go of bitterness and anger. Forgive. Move past the past. If you require counseling, get it. Learn the good in a goodbye, delete, stop accepting calls or allowing contact. Disconnect in love which does not always require closure...most times you will never get the apology you deserve so move on and kiss them up to God. Inject friendliness into each relationship in your life by learning both how to be a friend AND how to show yourself friendly. Proverbs 18:24 is a mild caution against having too many friends, of spreading oneself too thin. It is better to be loyal to one true friend who is faithful at all times than numerous unreliable ones. Accept this and choose purpose over popularity!

3. Accept that experience isn't your best teacher, guided experience is - wise counsel is to be sought and listened to. No need to bump your head into a brick wall when someone who knows what the wall looks like and feels like can keep you from it? Problem is most of us lack humility and allow our maverick behavior of being a know-it-all get us into crisis before we ask for help. Wise counsel saves you time spent in agony of defeat, disappointment and dismay. Get you some trusted advisers and then LISTEN TO THEM. Don't ever be an ask-hole (a person who asks for advise but has zero intention of following that advice, they just like to seem like they want it).

Remember, dipping your toe in is not the same as swimming so stop tippy-toeing around your life. Do a bold cannonball right into your dazzling existence and significant success by following these tips.

Beloved, I am praying with and for you.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Learning to LOVE WELL

Let love be your greatest aim” (1 Corinthians 14:1)

Love is a choice. 
Love, real love is not "fallen into. " Mere feelings  do not constitute love, at least not the sum total of what love really is because you can act your way into feeling for something or someone, but it is extremely difficult to feel your way into acting on behalf of that something or someone apart from commitment, trust and faith. Why is that? Feelings wane, they pitch high and drop low based on occurrences when the relationship is based on simply feeling. Real love is not just an emotion but acts and does the loving thing, even when someone is unresponsive or undeserving.

Love acts.
“The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love” (Galatians 5:6). Few have the faith required to love the unlovable partially because people today are accustomed to thinking of love as a feeling, but that is not necessarily the case with real love.  Real love ACTS even when it doesn't FEEL LIKE IT. Real love is about BEING, not just FEELING. Few have taken the time to learn what  real love acts like, what real love does or does not do. We only think we know how to love. We imitate the love we've seen in our family of origin or in relationships we see on TV or hear in songs.  The dismal success rate of healthy relationships (not just staying together relationships but improving, growing and thriving healthy relationships) tells us that the love we ascribe to today does not ACT LIKE LOVE.  How does love act? 1 Corinthians 13 :1-8 gives us the love acts like list:
1, Love is patient.
2. Love is kind.
3. Love does not envy.
4. Love does not boast.
5. Love  is not proud.
6. Love does not dishonor others.
7. Love is not self-seeking,
8. Love is not easily angered.
9. Love keeps no record of wrongs.
10. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
11. Love always protects,
12. Love always trusts,
13. Love always hopes,
14. Love always perseveres.
15. Love never fails.

Love Never Fails.
If this is true, and it is, I submit to you the opposite is just as true... if it fails,  it wasn't love. When I was unmarried, I gave up defending my unmarried state with all kinds of excuses and instead committed myself to learning to love. I realized and accepted 7 years ago that I did not know how to love and committed to a study of love, not just the word but what it means in action. I prayed to learn to love in a way that assures the person I love that they're loved. I learned to properly describe love and how to properly demonstrate love. I studied the different kinds of love by studying the Greek words describing Love--Agapeo: Unconditional love; the love of God in the renewed mind in manifestation; Phileo: Love between friends; Eros: The sense of being in love; romantic love; and Storge: Love of family; Parent/child, siblings, cousins, etc. In a very close family, agape is felt as well.

Learning to love as God says love gives such blessings in return. I opened my heart and mind to learning to love myself well first, and then I learned to love others better. I am still a work in progress but am happily married and more in love with my husband daily. I also have evidence of loving well throughout my life with my close family and friends.

Beloved, I'm praying you learn to love well and am praying with and for you.

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