Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Trust the Process!


Well, it's almost 12:00 am and I'm up blogging! LOL. I just felt the need to share this with you all before I went to bed. Last night, I had the opportunity to teach bible study at my church and I taught a lesson entitled, "My Journey Was Rough But It Was Worth It." Basically the Lord wanted me to encourage believers and let them know that everthing was working for their good. In this message, I talked about "trusting the process" which is a really common saying in practioces such as 12 steps and yoga. I thought I'd share some points from my message!

  • Sometimes life can seen unfair...Bad things happen to good people while good things seemingly happen to bad people. 
  • Why me? Why this? Why now? 
  • Our question shouldn't be WHY but HOW? How did I make it through what others died in? How did I not lose my mind? How did I keep praising God when everything else was crumbling around me? The Lord wants me to encourage you today... everything that he allowed was purposeful! 
  • Romans 8:28 KJV "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." 
  • We have to see God not just as a judge but a father...a good father. Everything he does for us, he does with the best intentions. 
  • It was rough...it hurt...it didn't seem fair BUT IT WAS WORTH IT! You would not be who you are today if that hadn't happened! You wouldn't know God the way you do if that hadn't happened to you! 
  • Job 23:8-10 NIV “But if I go to the east, he is not there; if I go to the west, I do not find him. When he is at work in the north, I do not see him; when he turns to the south, I catch no glimpse of him. But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold." 
  • You may be going through something and it seems as if God is no where to be found but HE'S WORKING BEHIND THE SCENES ON YOUR BEHALF! 
  • Only God can turn molestation into a miracle, tragedy into triumph, and destruction into destiny! Only God can turn mourning into dancing, pain into power, and failure into faith! Only God can turn a pit into a palace, a shepherd into a king, and a murderer into a apostle! 
  • Romans 8:18 NIV "I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us." 
  • Present suffering produces future glory! 
  • Notice the scripture says, "the glory that will be revealed in us" Sometimes the glory is not in what you receive externally but what God performs internally (IT'S AN NSIDE JOB)! 
  • It's what's produced on the inside that sustains you! Houses, cars, and money can't sustain you like peace, joy, integrity, and wisdom can. 
  • Trust the process! 
  • When you trust the process, you trust that eveything that's happening is working for a greater good.
  • Trusting the process is continuing show up! 
  • The process doesn't change...you do! 
  • (Someone wrote this regarding yoga) "Three months ago, I couldn’t touch my toes. Now, I’m practicing headstands. What made the difference? I committed to the work and trusted the process. The process never changed: show up five times a week, practice hard, receive feedback, press in to the discomfort. This continual discipline of showing up and giving it all I had changed me, helped me exceed my own expectations." 
  • The process makes us flexible in the hands of God! 
  • "When you're going through hell... Keep going!" -Winston Churchill 
  • Whatever you do, don't stop! 
  • 2 Corinthians 4:17 NIV "For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all."
Blessings,
Ghia 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Mindfulness...


Happy Sunday!!!

Well, I attended a self-care training for work a few months ago and the facilitator introduced me to the concept of "mindfulness". I was accustomed to being grateful, faithful, and thankful but mindful? Not so much. Sure I knew what it meant to be mindful on a very basic level but not as a daily practice to support my overall health and well-being.

Ok, so here's a little background information...
"Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment. Mindfulness also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them—without believing, for instance, that there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future.
Though it has its roots in Buddhist meditation, the practice of mindfulness has entered the American mainstream in recent years."

As a former mental health therapist this kind of stuff really intrigues me! Simply put, mindfulness causes you to slow down your process and take time to feel and sense. Simply taking the time to hear your own breathing can be calming. Because we live in such a fast paced society, we often forget to enjoy the simple things...to think, feel, smell, imagine, hear...

Although mindfulness originated as a Buddhist practice, it is useful to everyone regardless of our religion. As a Christian, mindfulness is extremely helpful in my prayer and study time. Often times, we can not hear God clearly because of all the noise in our minds. Mindfulness not only helps me tune into my own thoughts and feelings but also my inner being...the spirit of God. The bible encourages believers to "meditate on the word" because its only in those quiet moments, that we hear clearly and become one with the Word. When was the last time you took the time to meditate on God's goodness? Our prayer time should not consist of just talking (and complaining) to God but also listening and meditating as well...

So, I encourage you to add mindfulness to your daily routine. It will not only help you clear your mind but it was also fortify your spirit.

Be blessed ☺