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Archive for March, 2012

God Encounters…

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Have you ever had a God encounter? Meaning, at just the right moment, time, sequence, or hour God speaks, or appears, or calls out to you with a word, gesture, or magnificent action. A person or thing shows up in your life and confirms or further validates a specific dream, thought, or vision.  Lately, I seem to be experiencing these encounters more and more, and I feel overwhelmingly blessed to have them show up. A prime example, just the other day, I woke up feeling a bit off keel, my children were weighing heavily on my mind. My thoughts and prayers ranged from ensuring their safety and security of the kids, and the world in which we live in today. A part of it had to do with the tragedy and insanity of the senseless death of Trayvon Martin. It was one of those times, where my heart was full of grief, concern, and love all at the same time. At any rate, this particular morning, after my normal Saturday routine, I decided to go to the grocery store and pick up a few items before heading by home. As I stood in one of the aisle’s of the store, out of the corner of my eye, I noticed a familiar face, not quite sure of the woman’s name, glancing in my direction. Immediately, I recognized her as one of my previous life group teachers.  We began to chat about how we were both doing, the usual “catch up” conversation – kids, family, hubby, church, etc. This particular woman began to share how over the last couple of years her heart was completely drawn to helping children and especially kids of divorce. At this particular season in her life, divorced, but with grown son’s, there was a tug in heart to create a support group for children of divorced parents. As she began to share her journey, it was evident to me that through her words and personal testimony, I was completely encouraged and silently thanked God for the immediate blessing and encounter with this woman.  The brief encounter with this woman reminded me of  how God can often times remind us that we are not here in this world to simply exist but we are here to lift up and support one another. Life can sometimes be unfair and things may happen that we may not understand or comprehend. We have to know that through all of life’s mishaps, all will be alright and all will be well in our soul, it our job to do our best in every capacity. As we departed in the aisle of the grocery store, we left one another with these words “Things do not just happen for a reason and we were meant to meet one another at 10:45 am in the morning, God knows exactly what to do and when to do it. There are no accidents.” 

 Every happening, great and small, is a parable whereby God speaks to us, and the art of life is to get the message. Malcolm Muggeridge

Definition of Success

Monday, March 12th, 2012

 

What does success mean to you? Does being successful mean you have gazillions of dollars, own a private island? Does success mean having a beautiful family, and being free to do whatever it is you want to do in life? Only you can define success, not anyone else.  When we are younger, we are often influenced or steered by our parents, teachers, and people alike to go in the direction of “their” dreams, instead of our own dreams.   Our parents and teachers may define success as going to college and becoming a teacher, engineer, lawyer or doctor.  But that is not your plan, dream, or hearts desire.  Life is too short to live a mold of what other people want you to be. If you have not taken a moment to define what success means to you, then today is the day for you to start.  One of the most powerful “tidbits” that I have posted on my wall is “If you don’t take the time to shape your own life, then someone else will shape it for you”. This is powerful and so very true. We have to know where we are in life, where we want to go, and a plan to get there. You have the golden keys in your hands and mind. It is up to you and no one else.  Today is the day to take that first step. If you do, tomorrow may be your first day without regret.

Whatever you can do
or dream you can,
begin it.
Boldness has genius,
power, and magic in it.
~ Goethe  


 
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