Who said there’s no rest for the weary?

I get it – you’re always on the go. Thinking about that to-do list and all the tasks that need to be done but you’re burnt out. You’ve done so much for any and everyone that you have no idea how you do it all. Well beautiful, when is the last time you rested? I mean really rested in order to rejuvenate yourself or realign with your purpose?

Here are just a couple of reasons for why it’s important to rest:

    Resting allows us the opportunity to connect with God – We are able to stop and listen for our assignment or areas of change.
    Quiet time allows us to think and process – We are able to slow down and process life to fully be in it and enjoy the moment
    Resting and pausing allows us to evaluate our goals and purpose in order to see where we may need to realign. In our journey of life, we may have become out of balance and resting allows us the chance to get back into alignment
    Chance to discover or rediscover who WE are and what WE like to do. No more just going with the flow and expectations of others. We get a chance to discover US
    Resting gives us a space of creativity – We have a chance to be still and be creative in our thoughts and mind. When is the last time that you colored or put a puzzle together? Don’t you remember those childhood days of playing? Get back to those moments!

Whatever our reasons for just going with the flow, it’s always important to stop and enjoy the moment! Life moves way to fast for us to just settle with our to-do lists. Stop and give yourself permission to slow down and be still.

What’s your story?

Have you just ever sat and wondered what you story is?  What is it about you that makes you do what you do?

Well, we all have.  We all have those moments when we think about whether we are going in the right direction. We think about what could I have done differently in order to get a different result. The truth is if we didn’t have those moments then we wouldn’t be human. But, the bigger question should always be – what did I learn in that moment?

God gives us an assignment and a purpose. For some, it’s really clear as to what it is.  For others, it takes some trial and error and what some may be viewed as failed attempts.  But, my dear, that’s just the case. There is no such thing as failure, just missed opportunities. No matter what it looks or feels like, there was a lesson in that moment.  We just have to sit still and reflect on it and listen for how to improve.

So the next time, the outcome doesn’t come out the way you expected then sit and reflect!  Think about what transpired and what you could have done differently!  Think about what your story is and rewrite the ending!  It doesn’t have to end the way you ended it at that moment.  Take the opportunity to reflect, release and rewrite!  Your story is just beginning….

 

Trust God??? What does that really look like?

You hear it all the time – trust God!  But, have you really evaluated what that means for you? What does it look like for you to say I trust God? After reading a devotional and journaling, I thought about that question and here is what God spoke to me about what it means to trust:

  1. Trusting God means having peace no matter what – It feels like hell is breaking out around you and you have no idea on whether you are coming or going.  When you trust God, you believe that he has already worked it out so you have peace.  You must have the peace and comfort in knowing that His will is already done.   So take a deep breath, release and feel the peace!  It will be ok.  Trust God no matter what!
  2. Trusting God means relying on Him to work it out rather than you trying to control the situation – Most times we want it to go a certain way and so we try to control the situation but in doing so we may not be fully prepared for it. Therefore, we need instruction from God on how to move forward.  Waiting for further instruction is trusting God!
  3. Trusting God means speaking up when needed – What happens when you see a situation that is wrong?  Do you sit back and say I don’t want to get involved but knowing the inside of you is saying speak up? Well that feeling that you have is God saying speak up and say something against the wrong!
  4. Trusting God means closing your mouth when needed – We are so quick to say something to someone out of hurt that we don’t think before we speak. Someone may be speaking truth to you but because you are so focused on the pain of their words (because who likes to hear when we are wrong or need to make some improvements), we may not be open to receiving the truth.  Therefore, sometimes we just have to be quiet, listen and then pray to God for guidance on how to receive what they spoke.  Stop focusing on getting your point when you should be pursuing peace!
  5. Trusting God means loving despite the pain you feel – When we are hurt, we think that they don’t love you or you are not worthy.  But, they just don’t know how to love you.  They don’t know how to love you the way that God intended for you to be loved.  Just continue trusting that God will bring the love that you need because He is love and He created love.
  6. Trusting God means forgiving when they hurt you – No one ones to be hurt but it happens with life.  It’s how we handle that hurt that’s important.  We can choose to either let it distract us or we can use it to push us into purpose.  Trusting God means that you will find forgiveness for those that hurt us because God gives us all the comfort and peace that we need.
  7. Trusting God means believing when the resources lack – We all have goals but sometimes we lack the resources to accomplish those goals and so we get discouraged. However, if God has given you the purpose, He will provide the resources. We just have to trust Him and wait for him to bring it together.  We are his daughters and kings so we have access to the kingdom through our faith.  We just have to trust Him to make it happen.
  8. Trusting God means loving yourself no matter who is there to love you back – At times, our journey to purpose can be lonely.  We think we have all the support but then we realize that there is really no one there with us.  It’s just us and God.  Well, it’s during these moments when we have to trust God and toot our own horns and cheer ourselves to the finish line.  God is never far from us so we have to trust that He is all the support we need.  Be our biggest cheerleader!
  9. Trusting God means believing you are worth it – Society has set so high of an expectation for beauty that we often find ourselves trying to become someone we are not. We think we have to be a certain size or shape in order to feel accepted or worthy.  However, the expectation that Society set is based on an outward appearance that it never looks at the love within us.  God created us to be love, walk in love and give love and the moment that we stop focusing on the outward and hold onto the inward then we begin to realize the powerful worthy woman that we are.  Trusting God is accepting that you are worthy because of God’s love within you!
  10. Trusting God means walking in the beauty of who God created you to be – We all know life happens and things are never what we expect them to be.  However, it’s all apart of our journey and who makes us up.   The trials and circumstances are just things that come in order to distract you but they do not define you. They do not say you are anything other than beautiful.  So remember, you are beautiful despite your circumstance!  

No matter the situation, we have plenty of moments to trust God.  What does trusting God look like for you?

 

 

Self-reflection – the internal work!

The world is chaotic and it’s hard to find time to quiet the mind and just breath for that matter but does self-reflection work? I’ve asked some experts for their opinion on whether they felt self-reflection is important and in what ways do they self-reflect. And here are their thoughts:

We are often so busy that we don’t take time to self-reflect. I believe self-reflection is so powerful because it allows you to celebrate your wins and learn from your mistakes. When you do that, you can boldly go where God is leading you. Vanessa Collins, Digital Mastery For Authors, www.DigitalMasteryForAuthors.com

Self reflection is important since it gives you the opportunity to stop and see your progress. It helps you to evaluate where you are in comparison to where you would like to be. When you self reflect, it helps you to see the little things that you might be overlooking and allow you to celebrate the wins and learn from the experiences. Elaine Daisley, Forbes Business solutions, www.createfinancialsolutions.com

For me, self reflection is essential for taking self inventory of my life. I look at the good, so I can continue on that road. I look at the bad to remind me of the lessons they taught. I look at the ugly of my life as a measurement of how far I’ve come from what I used to be. Then there’s the “what in the &%$# was that” portion of my life; that section lets me know that nothing is permanent and that no matter where I am in my life, I must treat it like the treasure it is!!! Carol Brown, author, publisher, public speaker. www.mhbpublishingllc.com

Self reflection is important because we should be accountable for ourselves. With that accountability we need to take time out to see what’s up with us. Check on the good and bad and make changes as necessary. This way we can stay on top of being our best selves and showing up that way in the world. Ti’Keya Lawrence Love M.E.E., LLC www.lovemeellc.com

No matter the course taken for self-reflection, it is so important to celebrate the wins and losses.  It helps you quiet the world around you to determine what adjustments need to be made in your life. No the journey is not easy but evaluating your steps is necessary to keep moving! In what ways, do you self-reflect?