Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Make A Decision & Stick To It!


Last night, I posted the image above on my plethora of social media outlets. The motivation behind the post was the realization that I had not overcome many of my challenges because I had failed to make a decision to stop what I was doing to cause myself distress. Last night I had to make up my mind! Often times we only seek to be delivered from our dysfunction when it is no longer benefiting us. Yep...some of us actually benefit from being dysfunctional. Don't believe me? Just ask the person who uses their childhood sexual abuse as an excuse not to trust others or the person who always plays the victim to avoid taking responsibility for their actions. Many of us hold on to unhealthy relationships and practices because we don't know who we are outside of the pain.

So you keep praying, repenting. crying, but the cycle never ends? Well, that's because you never truly make a decision to interrupt the pattern. And if you do make a decision, you procrastinate so much so that you never follow through. These are the things that hinder our progress towards hope and healing. The reality is that you are where you are because of your choices. It's just that simple. We have to stop blaming people (and the devil) for our poor decisions. Again, this was a conversation that I had to have with myself first! So...let's say it together, "Ouch!"

God gave us the gift of a will...the gift of a choice. Not just the choice in what God we will worship but he gave us the ability to choose the kind of life we will live. Of course you had no control over the childhood trauma you expereinced but you did have a choice in how you would allow it to affect you as an adult. We all have the innate ability to create with our words...to call those things that be not as though they were (Romans 4:17). But our words must be followed by action because faith (words/ beliefs) without works (action) is dead (James 2:26). I'm calling you to action! Make up your mind to interrupt the cycle in your life. When you're truly ready for change, you will do whatever it takes make it happen...

Be blessed ((air hug))

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A Passionate Pursuit of Purpose...


Good evening!!! I am out of town again for work and got the urge to journal my thoughts.  As a working woman, mother, and wife, I don't get too many quiet moments to myself so I have learned to take advantage of this time away. Sometimes you have to just sit alone with your thoughts in order to truly get the clarity that you need. For the past few days I have really been struggling to bridge the gap between where I am currently and the place that's calling me. Have you ever been so ready for what's next that the present frustrates you? Well, that's where I have been for a while. How do I get what's in me out? Is it time? If not, when? Why me? These are the questions that I ask myself.

I know without a shadow of a doubt that God as destined me for greatness. I am so intrigued by great people like Oprah, Maya Angelou, and Bishop TD Jakes. It's not their social status that intrigues me but the passion they have for what they do. I believe passion is what separates the "good" from the "great". I am passionate but the struggle is channeling my passion...do I pursue ministry, life coaching, writing my book, my career? It's like I have a door before me but hundreds of keys. Which key unlocks the door to my destiny? Oh the struggle!

Many would consider me to be pretty accomplished...masters degree, career, family, ministry but I don't feel like I have even begun to walk in my full potential. Sometimes my destiny scares me because it's so much larger than where I am right now. It's hard to be comfortable as a sheep herder when you know there's a king's anointing on your life. Don't get me wrong, I am grateful for where I am in life, but I am not content. My passion and my purpose won't let me get comfortable here.

I was watching Oprah's interview with Pharell the other day and I really connected with his passion for music. When a person is passionate about something, there's no way to hide it. I couldn't imagine living without passion. I believe passion is the fuel that God gives us to fulfill his purpose for our lives. The thing about passion is that it has to be cultivated. People don't live passionate lives because they allow insecurity, procrastination, and doubt to drive them instead of passion. What are you allowing to drive you?

My Pastor always says, "God gives us the beginning and the ending but we have to work the middle." Well, I'm in the middle...the place between destiny revealed and destiny fulfilled. I am learning that the middle is where character is built and your faith is tested. It's the middle that prepares you for the promise. It was Joseph's pit experience (middle) that prepared him for the palace. The middle is not a comfortable place to be but I am committed to the process. I am committed because I don't just want the door of opportunity to be opened but I want it to stay open. One day I will be revealed to the world! Don't believe me? Just watch!

"To live a passion-less life is to deny oneself the opportunity of even becoming great." - Ghia C. Kelly

Friday, April 11, 2014

I Finally Got A Registered Domain Address!!!


Well...I am UBER excited about finally getting a registered domain address for my blog!!! It may not mean a lot to you but it means the world to me. Why? Because it formalizes my blog and makes me feel like my dreams are becoming a reality. You can now type in www.thegiftoftruth.com and go to my blog!!! Yay!!! I'm so mad that I didn't look into this earlier. Here I am thinking it would cost hundreds of dollars only to find out from a friend that I could get one for a tenth of that. The real blessing is that godaddy.com was having a special and I only paid $.99 for my domain!!! **Insert Praise Here**

So, the lesson in all of this is to stop doubting what you can do and go for it! God just might blow your mind and bless your efforts!

Be Blessed :)