How did you sleep last night? Where is your focus this morning? Is your mind in the right place, or are you worried about your current situation, things that are going on in the world, or even the uncertainties of tomorrow? Are you doing too much, out of anxiety? Do you feel like “life” is all on you?
Well my dear friend, I have news for you. Although you may be faced with a situation, or you may be faced with several situations, there is only one thing that matters, your faith in Jesus! When you put your faith in God, He never disappoints, ever! He’s the God who supplies, not just one need, but all of our needs! In Psalm 23:1, David said, “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.” David, not only vocalized his faith, but he made a affirmation, declaration, and reminded himself of the love God has for him, all at the same time.
God has the same love for you. There’s no need to worry about tomorrow, or even today for that matter. Don’t stress yourself out trying to take on all the matters of your heart,alone. Let Jesus be your help. Allow Him to give you the peace that only His Spirit gives. Focus on the ONE who matters, because that is all that matters…. ❤️
40Martha was worried about all that had to be done. Finally, she went to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it bother you that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her to come and help me!”
41The Lord answered, “Martha, Martha! You are worried and upset about so many things, 42but only one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen what is best, and it will not be taken away from her.”
So, today marks day two of me significantly reducing the time that I spend on social media. I am happy to say that yesterday I spent twenty minutes max on Facebook, and today I’ve spent, ten minutes or less. I feel great! I will say, I scrolled down my feed longer than I should have and saw something that made me cringe and that was a sign from God to immediately log off… I’ve learned to cut off anything that attacks my peace, right at the source.
Those are distractions, and let me tell you, I used to have time. I would entertain distractions out of boredom, or even for the hell of it, to be honest, but I’m learning to value my time. If it doesn’t grow me or make a positive impact in my life in some kind of way, then deuces. I don’t have time. The thing is, I would go to Facebook to post something inspirational, but after I posted, there would be stories that Facebook post in the feed, or there would be something negative I’d see somewhere else, and eventually all the negativity and random distractions caused me to become unfocused.
When I became unfocused, I started to feel frustrated, angry, and in some instances unsure of myself, but that didn’t last long, at all, because again, I got rid of the source of the problem. This made me think about life in general. I have no control over what Facebook automatically puts into the Feed, or what other individuals within the Facebook community posts, but I do have control over what I choose to pay attention to, or focus on. This applies in life. We have no control over people or some situations life throws our way, but we have control over our focus.
I also thought about how I go to Facebook to do something God has called me to do, but then, I get distracted by what other people have going on, most of which isn’t beneficial to me at all, and really just a waste of time. Life is the same way. We get on the straight and narrow but we get distracted by what’s going on over in the “other lane” if you will. Most of the time the distractions aren’t helpful at all, it’s just keeping us from what we’re supposed to be doing. In limiting my time on social media, I had to limit the time I’m interacting with my supporters, who I LOVE!
Normally, I’d like every comment and respond to most, but I stopped yesterday. It wasn’t because of anything they did, it’s because every time I log on to like or comment in response to my supporters, I’d scroll down to see what my “Friends” were doing, or get caught up in whatever else was on Facebook. I have let my supporters know that I’m available via messenger or even text, because I do care about them and want to help them in whatever way God leads me to, and they’ve been really understanding. They are the BOMB! I don’t know if people still say that, but whatever.
Anyway, a part of taking care of other people is first, taking care of yourself. If my head isn’t where it’s supposed to be, or if I’m seeing my distractions more than I’m focused on what God is trying to do through me, then what’s the point, right? I must stay focused on my purpose, and to do that, my mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical parts of me, MUST be at peace.
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God keep my mind focused, my heart guarded, and my motives pure. Help me to stay in my own lane, so that I can make sure that my life is straight, and that it glorifies you. Protect me from the snares of the enemy. Keep me from walking into temptations trap.
Forgive my sins. Take any worries that I have away, especially those regarding things I can’t change. Thank you for empowering me to change the things I can change, and thank you for wisdom, that has taught me to let go of anything beyond my control and trust you with it. You’re a good God. Help me to be faithful over the gifts you have given me. Let my gifts glorify you.
Anyone or anything set to turn me away from you, I ask you to permanently remove from my life. I don’t have time to entertain anything that’s not of you. Keep me on the straight and narrow, so that I will please and honor only you. In Jesus name. Amen.
If someone wants to walk out of your life, let them go! It could be the best thing that ever happened to you. Holding on to the wrong person can keep you from the right one, or even delay your blessings. Let them move out of your way, so that you can see clearly. Sometimes, the very person you’re holding on to is your biggest distraction.
Don’t be a person who tries to make everyone or even one person love you. You can’t make anyone treat you right, love you, or be loyal to you. Accept the fact that a part of growing is accepting the fact that you will grow apart from some people. Some of these people will be friends or family members. Not everyone can go where God is taking you.
So, if they leave, bid them farewell, and continue to keep on keeping on. What God has for you, is for you, whether it’s a relationship, job, healing and wholeness, financial breakthrough, or whatever you need. God is the Source. Everything else is a resource. Depend on no one but God alone, and remember, if God is all you have, you have EVERYTHING, that you need. ❤️
Some people don’t stay in a relationship out of love, they stay because they’re in fear. Fear of being alone. Fear of starting over. Fear of losing something. Fear of the unknown, or even the future, to name a few.
Love has nothing to do with fear. 1 John 4:18 (GNT) “There is no fear in love; perfect love drives out all fear. So then, love has not been made perfect in anyone who is afraid, because fear has to do with punishment.” If you are being held hostage by your own fears, it’s time to overcome those “what if’s” and those negative thoughts, and replace them with the thoughts God has for you. God has said, “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” ~ Jeremiah 29:11
Stop holding on to people who mean you no good, out of fear of who you think you’ll become outside of them. Put your complete faith in God, and know that He got you. Never put a person in the position to be Lord over your life. That position belongs to God. Power belongs to God.
If He can love the real you, so can you. The only way to receive God’s best for you is to let go of what you consider, the best that you can do. Read my book, “How to let go and let God.”
Your focus is a major key in life. Your focus can either make you or break you. It can either open doors or close doors. It can create a stepping stool or it will be a stumbling block. It’s all about your perception.
It takes wisdom to see clearly, because not everything you see with your eyes is the truth. Sometimes you must look at things from a spiritual point of view. You can’t be in your feelings about who did this, or who didn’t do that, or how you’re at a disadvantage, or how life isn’t fair… All of these things may be true, but what are you going to do about it? Are you going to let the odds stacked against you, stop you from doing what you were created to do?
Stop making excuses as to why you can’t do something. Stop blaming other people for your shortcomings, failures, or disappointments. Never allow people or a situation to dictate how far you can go in life. The greatest achievers in life believed they could, and so, they became. Not everything will go your way all the time, but you can’t get in your feelings about it.
Sulking in your feelings is a waste of time. Learn the lesson and grow. You must learn how to fail, before you can win, and what I mean by that is, you must learn how to handle failures successfully. Don’t allow a fail to make you a loser, especially a sore loser. It doesn’t matter what the loss is.
Take that experience as a learning opportunity and win!
So, today marks one year since I decided to make working out a part of my lifestyle instead of something I did to reach a certain weight. Before I began making this lifestyle change I had spent my life working out, hitting a plateau, and then giving up because my body would pause at an undesired weight. I would think to myself, what’s the use? I might as well not work out at all if I’m never going to be the size I want to be.
My perspective changed exactly a year ago, because I began to be more interested in my overall health rather than just a number on the scale. I can count the times I’ve been on a scale in the past year, on one hand. Before this lifestyle change, I’d do it often and sometimes I’d want to fling the scale out of the window because it would be stuck on the same number that it was a month, or two, or even six months before.
Anyway, I no longer care about that magical number that I once felt would take many of my woes away. I’ve learned to be happy with who I am and doing what I can to stay healthy. The number on the scale doesn’t define me, God does! So, I’ve learned to be happy with progression, whether it’s very noticeable or barely, because it’s still progress. As long as I’m moving forward, I’m moving in the right direction.
A year later and I feel good! Pants that were once tight, are now loose. I can see more of my curves. Other people can see a difference, and guess what? The weight loss is mostly in inches! If I only went by the scale, I’d be sad and frustrated, because I’ve only lost ten pounds, but I’ve lost mad inches!
I’m proud of myself, as I celebrate my progress! This is motivation to keep going no matter how slow progress seems. Little changes today will make a big difference tomorrow. So, cheers! 🥂 Here’s to everyone who’s making progress, be it fast or slow! Whether you’re on a weight loss journey, career, or whatever your personal goals are! May God continue to fuel you with everything you need for the task ahead, and may you remember that this race isn’t given to the swift, but to the one who endures to the end! ❤️ God bless.
Father, I pray that you comfort the hearts of those who are full of worry from the troubles of this world or personal issues they face in every day life. Lord, help them to rest their minds by giving their troubles to you. Jesus, we trust you. You are Lord over all, and your Kingdom never ends! You reign forever. You’re bigger God. Bigger than anything and everything life throws at us. We put our hope in you. We thank you that the war is already won. Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord. We do not walk in fear. We walk by faith and complete love. We are free, delivered, victorious, and powerful. We are a people who shall not want because You take care of every one of our needs. We plead the blood of Jesus over our minds, our lives, and our family, to include the entire body of Christ. We declare 1 Peter 2:9 over our lives. “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” We’re not afraid of tomorrow because we know you’re there. We thank you for knowing the beginning and the end and everything in between. No matter where we are in life God, you are there. Thank you for mercy. Thank you for grace. Thank you for favor, but most importantly, thank you for your love. Your love keeps us, even when we can’t keep ourselves. Your love protects, covers, restores, heals, empowers, frees, delivers and so much more! If we had a thousand tongues we couldn’t thank you enough. We take the focus off ourselves and give you the glory, Lord. You deserve to be magnified. You deserve the praise. You are God, and you reign forever. Have your way in our lives. Take a seat on the throne of our hearts. We turn our cares over to you. In Jesus name. Amen. 🙏🏾
Lord, give me the motivation to do everything that I need to do. Don’t let me get caught up in one area and start slacking in another. Be my strength and inspiration. You’ve already equipped me with everything I need for the task ahead. Help me to put that power into practice. Your word says, ”I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Help me to prioritize my life. Keep me focused on the bigger picture and not just a small aspect of it, or whatever it is I may be going through. You are bigger than my problems. I thank you that all things are working for my good. In Jesus name I pray, amen.