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Divine Encounters

Friday, November 6th, 2015

A couple of weeks ago after a very long day, I decided to head over to the gym to work out. It was one of the rare occasions, I was by myself without the little kiddies. With the cares of the day still on my mind, I was eager to shake it off and get the energy moving in my body to relax and de-stress a bit. I checked in at the front desk, strolled into the locker room, put my bag on the bench, walked over to the sauna, and turned it on (nothing feels better than ending a workout relaxing in the sauna). I opened up my gym bag to change into my work out gear, and low and behold I had forgotten to pack my sneakers and workout pants! Noooo! Did I mention I really wanted a few minutes to myself? Going back home was not an option. If I was not going to exercise, I was going to enjoy some quiet time in the sauna. I removed my clothes, grabbed a towel, my kindle, and I headed to the sauna. The quiet space, heat, and silence felt so good that I immediately began to unwind. Five minutes had gone by and a young woman enters the sauna and we greet each other with a sincere “Hi” and I resume enjoying the peaceful solitude of the sauna. The young lady turns to me and asks me a question about the Holy Spirit and God and proceeds to pray with me, over me, and through me. Until this day, I still do not know who she was and I have not seen her again. That evening I walked into the gym fully expecting to work out, instead what I received was a divine encounter with one of Gods messengers encouraging me to keep going and to believe in the gifts and miracles of God in me. During a time in my life, when I feel a bit overwhelmed with family, relationships, and career and wondering about God’s plan, and this particular phase in life, I was encouraged by a complete stranger to press forward. With that being said, it is very easy to get caught up with life and the cares of the day and miss the everyday miracles and blessings. From one woman to another, be encouraged. I thank God for you, and the divine moments in life that remind us that God is and God lives and breathes in each of us. Be a blessing!

Take The High Road

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

Have you ever had someone betray your trust, talk behind your back, or wrong you in anyway? At one time or another, we have all have had someone do or say something that went against what we would consider “loyal” or “nice”. Was it a friend, co-worker, partner, or spouse? Your initial reaction may have been to confront the individual, curse, or completely drag their name through the mud. An eye for an eye, right? Not necessarily.  Have you ever heard of the term “take the high road”? If someone hurts you, puts a dagger in your back, or betrays you, in many cases, it’s best to let that individual bring themselves down vs. you seeking revenge. Someone once said “In the long run the person who wronged you, or talked about you, has undoubtedly done it to other people – and the negative energy they have expelled will come around full circle”. Bottom line, keep doing the right thing and life will work out for you and your integrity will be intact.  Lastly, remember you cannot control the actions of other people, or what people say, but you can control how you respond to it.  Make it a daily habit to “take the high” road, stay focused, and keep away from people with toxic thoughts and negative energy.

 

Don’t follow society’s values like sheep. You know if something is ethical by considering if you’d like it done unto you.

 

Do It Anyway

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Have you ever felt fearful about going in a different direction or trying something new? The little voice in your head tries to talk you out of doing it by telling you it’s “unfamiliar” or “different”, and you feel the resistance building up in your bones. It could be something as little as taking a different way home or something risker, such as changing careers..whatever it maybe, you felt unsure about it. However, deep inside your soul, you knew it was something that you had to do. Just think about the countless amazing women who have done extraordinary things despite their fears, or who have overcome tremendous obstacles and moved on to achieve great things in their lifetime. At one point or another along their journey these women felt fear, or apprehension but choose to move forward and do it anyway.  Take for example, Diana Nyad, legendary swimmer, at 64 yrs of age, swam from Cuba to Florida. That is absolutely amazing..insane..but amazing. Better yet, Cheryl B, a 50+ mother, career woman, and divorcee, decided to participate in a 62 mile bike ride and successfully completed it! These are ordinary women, deciding to do something they have never, ever, done before. This is YOU and me. During the LIB workshop “Living From the Core”, Guest Speaker and Fitness Expert “Rebecca Olsen, shared the importance of following your own internal “GPS” and most importantly being true to who we are, which can sometimes involve doing things that may be fearful that will ultimately open a whole new set of doors and opportunities that we, otherwise would have missed, had we let our fears get the best of us.  Bottom line, if there is something that you have longed to do for years, months, days, or even hours, take the steps to do them NOW!

What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step. It is always the same step, but you have to take it”  Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Are You Honest?

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Have you been honest with yourself or have you been lying about how you truly feel? Are you numb to how you feel about yourself and your life? Being honest about how you see yourself and your life takes courage. There are times when being honest means acknowledging the flaws, imperfections, and ugliness that makes up who “You” are and embracing all the beautiful, quirky, unique aspects of “You” and celebrating them. Being honest is being able to admit to yourself “I can be difficult” and it can mean having the guts to say “I am blessed!” Being honest is taking an assessment of all aspects of your life, relationships, career, health, finances, and admitting that certain areas need work. It is about taking full responsibility for your life and owning who you are and where you are in life. Being honest is giving yourself permission to simply be who you are and believing what you live, and living what you believe.

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” If you want to be trusted, be honest. If you want to be honest, be true. If you want to be true, be yourself” Unknown


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

Tickle Your Fancy

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

Just the other day my daughter and I were sitting in the living room reading a book, my son was snuggled up reading one of his favorite “Diary of Wimpy Kid” books and my daughter was insistent that we read “Charlie Brown’s Christmas”. As we sat there reading the story, my daughter jumps up and says “I finally know how to whistle, want to hear me!” So, for the next 5 minutes or so, my daughter demonstrates her ability to whistle, one whistle at a time. She would whistle a sec, catch her breath, perch her lips, and whistle again. If you can imagine, it was the cutest thing ever! It reminded me of when I was a little kid, expressing my “first time”.  The first time I learned how to ride a bike or the first time I learned how to roller skate, all the first you learn as a child and share with the world. As a child, it is the excitement and joy of learning something new and being completely happy and joyful of the complexity of the task, yet simplicity of it.  What about as we get older? The excitement, joy, and innocence of learning something new, evolving, and transforming into greater beings is definitely something to share and express. As we get older we can sometimes forget the zest and zing that makes our heart jump for joy when learning something new about life, world around us, and the world within us. Remember to take in the new, share and express what brings you alive and as some would say “tickles your fancy”.


 
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