Faith, Love & Celibacy!!

We all want that special person, the person God has made just for us! We also want to be prosperous and live our best lives being successful in every area! We want it all! In order to have all we desire in life we must live in a way that leads us to all God has for us.

Everyone’s life is different, we walk different paths to get to where we are supposed to be in our journeys. We learn lessons, we gain wisdom, we figure out what we truly want out of life, well most of us. There may be some people in the midst of figuring things out, where they are supposed to be, what they want to do and in what direction their life is headed. God is there is to lead and guide us along the way even when we choose a path that may not be good for us. When we look to Him He helps us to make good choices leading us to the life He designed just for us! When looking to God for guidance we must first have Faith!

Faith comes from God, this is not something we have to come up with ourselves. God gives us Faith to help us believe what we cannot see. My faith started off very small, I had plans, things I wanted to do and most of the time I believed I could. Along the way a lot of my plans were not working out the way I planned so I made new plans. All along I was doing what I wanted and including God in some parts but not fully. Because of my plans I made a lot of mistakes, hooked up with some people who I probably shouldn’t have been hanging out with and learned some lessons the hard way. But even after all of that I had Faith that life had to be better, I knew there was more to life than what I had experienced. At this point I looked to God to include Him fully in every area of my life and not just some parts! I figured out after being hurt many times by so called friends, boyfriends and even family that I wanted to live the life God talked about in the Bible. The life He said He has already given us!

Seeming that I was at a turning point, holding on to past hurts and experiences God first taught me how to forgive. I am not just talking about saying “Sorry” or accepting someone’s apoli-lie! I mean really forgiving someone just like God forgives us! He wipes the slate clean, let’s go of the wrong we have done once we come to Him asking for forgiveness. This was a hard one for me, I am a strong believer in Karma and although I am not revengeful I couldn’t wait for those whom I felt had wronged me to “Get Theirs!” God showed me that forgiveness was not for the people who hurt me or treated me unfairly, it was for me! I was the one holding on to hurt and bad experiences. In order to live out the better life I had in mind, the life God designed just for me I had to forgive and let go!

Although I had learned to forgive, I closed myself off to people and my heart was hardened. God knew in order to live life His Way, Not My Way, His Way, I needed an open heart! This is when God showed me what true Love is! The God kind of love is unlike any other Love I have ever thought I experienced in my life! It is everything you would look to a significant other for, a family member for or a friend for but end up disappointed time and time again. God’s love is enormous and unending! I now look at God’s love as a very special gift! God showed me before I experienced His love I never really knew what Love was and is! I am still overwhelmed when I think of how much God Loves me! He has proven His Love for me over and over again! Because of the Love God has shown me my heart changed and I now am able to receive things from Him that someone with a hardened heart would not be able to!ย  Love is an action and God taught me that!

Being guided by God through this transition I remember what it is was like to live my way and the difference of the life God was showing me He had for me! I remembered, starting in middle school when I was criticized for my looks and how that had somehow carried into my adulthood. I would be easily offended if someone said something about my size, my dark skin or worst of all the label “The Big Girl Who Can Dance” UGGGGHH!! I may not have said anything at the moment because at this point I was trying to change my flesh along with how God changed my heart but those things upset me.ย  God showed me my true self! Who I really am! Beautiful, Confident, Bold, Smart & Talented! If anyone said something different than what God said then I knew they were liars! Now I get compliments on the very things I was criticized for! I have even had encounters with jealousy because others wanted to look the same as I do! Who Knew!?! With this change in my heart, my characteristics and my life as a whole came self Love! I got to know the woman God created me to be and boy do I love her!!!

Once I got to know and really Love myself I begin to realize my worth and how much I had short changed myself over the years. Dating & Relationships, I was always in one or doing the other but I would always end up alone. So after I had been hurt for the last time by someone who claimed they loved me, I decided to be Celibate! Woooooh Chill, Chill, that’s not a curse word, lol, maybe foreign but if you don’t know what that is Google it. I decided me giving my body to someone that I would not wind up with in the end was pointless. I was tired of getting hurt and being lied to just so someone else could get what they wanted! What about me? I want things too! I want a husband, my life partner, the man God made just for me! And in order to get to Him I have to be ready in all areas of my life! I have to be myself, knowing who I am and what Love really is! I cannot be caught up with another manย  who is not my husband just to pass time and then as a result miss my husband! It has now been 5 years, yup that’s right 5 years and I must say I am on the right track! I do not regret for one second getting in partnership with God. He has and continues to increase my life in ways that I never imagined! He has and continues to protect my heart, so I do not fear being hurt! He has put me right where I am supposed to be at this appointed time! The people who are in my life are there for a reason!

No matter what the normal thing to do is, remember there is always something better! If it is within God’s plan then it is possible! Everything I have and am working for are coming to past! My hard times are minuscule and my success is great! God knows what He is doing! I trust Him to continue to help me along this wonderful journey! Stay Tuned! This is only the beginning!

Happy Thursday! ๐Ÿ™‚

XOXO

JB

 

 

 

Self Love: Know Your Worth!

Knowing exactly who you are and who God created you to be is key to your identity. Through my life’s journey I have found there are many people who do not know who they are. Because they do not know themselves they have a hard time living out their life’s purpose, knowing what to do, in what direction to go, what people to be around and most of all what they want out of life. It is important to learn these things about yourself in order to live your best life.

When we were created God had a finished plan already designed for us. Fresh out of the womb into this world we all have had a specific purpose. As children your gifts, talents and personality began to develop, this is the start of learning who you are. As we enter into adulthood our experiences and choices shape us and sometime along the way we can lose sight of who we are and why we are here. I can say from my personal experience that after college I had to revise my life’s plan. If it was up to me I was going to teach Dance and open my own Performing Arts School. I loved Dance and Teaching and still do so much that I wanted to make a living out of it. But along the way I ended up not making as much money as I planned. Not being the type to have to depend on others I had to get a new skill, one that would allow me to independently sustain myself, which also meant I needed to be making more money. I received an opportunity to began working in healthcare and now 4 years later I am a Certified Medical Coder! Who knew!?! As different as teaching Dance and Healthcare is God already placed everything I needed to succeed within me. As you can tell my plan and God’s plan were totally different! His plan for my life has been established and I just had to get with the program!

Once I accepted God’s plan for my life He taught me who I am! My identity as well as yours comes from Him! I took the time to learn more about myself and see myself through God’s eyes. I no longer criticize the things I may not like about myself, I accept my flaws and work on those things or characteristics I would like to be better. I do not put myself down physically or emotionally and if someone says something about me that is different than who God says I am I do not believe them! I wake up everyday and choose to embrace every moment and I know each moment I am living out my life’s purpose, my truth! I choose to encourage myself even when I cannot find one human being to encourage me! I choose to live my best life, because let’s face it you only get one! I depend on God for provision and opportunities in every area of my life! I know why I am here, what my purpose is, where I am going and who I am! I know my worth!

I encourage you if you haven’t already to find out your worth! See yourself through the eyes of God and get to know who you are and what your purpose is! Then begin living it! It is that simple! Love yourself! No one is going to love you like you love yourself! No one is going to love you like God loves you! Love conquers All!

Happy Monday! ๐Ÿ™‚

XOXO

JB

Embracing Your Gifts & Talents To Achieve Wealth!


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Along your life’s journey you may come to a place where you want more, a place where you have a feeling that life has more to offer than what you are currently experiencing. While in that place take the time to think about what you love, what you are good at and EMBRACE IT!

God has given us all gifts and talents, many of us more than one. It has taken me some time to figure out what I am good at, what things I do not mind doing and what things come to me naturally. These are the things I have decided to EMBRACE! These are my gifts and talents and I have the made to choice to pursue them! This is what will help me to achieve wealth! Often times we search high and low for the one thing that will make us successful, the one thing that will makes us rich when all long God has already placed those things on the inside of you! You no longer have to search for your niche, God has given you all you need to succeed!

Isn’t it funny how we always want more. If you have a small apartment you want a bigger one and when you get a bigger apartment you want a house. If you make 50 thousand dollars a year, you want 100 thousand and when you make 100 thousand dollars a year you want a Million! It is naturally in us to want more! Because we are wired this way all things are possible with God of course! We can live the lives we desire, we can have what we say and we can have wealth! After all this is what God has promised us!

The way we are going to reach our goals and live out our dreams is to EMBRACE what God has already done! We are always going to want more, but instead of focusing on the more EMBRACE the stage you are in right now, you will not be there long.ย  However, it is important to remember how far God has brought you and how far you are going to go! Stop searching for what has already been placed in your heart, you just have to put some action to it! God will be sure to do the rest! Start that new business, I know I am! ๐Ÿ™‚ Take a leap of faith and follow the center of you! This journey is not always easy and the results are not instant but with endurance and patience you will get where God originally designed for you to be! In the words of a very smart/important person I know: “Just Jump! And Learn How To Unfold Your Wings And Fly As You Fall.”ย  God has you!

Happy Tuesday!

XOXO

JB

Achieving Your Dreams Is Worth The Sacrifice!!

Have you ever wondered why living your dream doesn’t come easy? Why does it take so long? Why can’t I live my dreams now? Why do I have to work so hard and give so much before my dream comes true? These are valid questions that every Dream Chaser asks, it is something within you that doesn’t want to give up until you are living your dream! This is because God made you for more, you were made to pursue the dreams and desires God has placed in your heart! You were made to fulfill your life’s purpose, be an example in the earth and make a difference in others lives by being true to your life’s journey! God has chosen you!

Sometimes it can take a while to realize what your purpose is or what you were made to do. It is important to discover what you are good at, what your gifts and talents are so that you can pursue them and ultimately live your dreams. Dream Chasing is not for the faint of heart, although the end result is always good the process to get there can be grueling! The purpose of the process is to teach you all the things you will need to know once you finally achieve your dream. The journey on the way there is the most valuable even though it may not seem that way now. With God by your side remember you can do what seems impossible and you can have all that God promised you!

The key to fueling your dreams is remembrance. Remember why you started to pursue your dreams in the first place, remember where you were when you started and remember how you got to the place you are in today! It may not be exactly where you want to be but the level of your life has progressed and increased! You are well on your way! Sacrificing is a part of the process! If you feel that you may have lost some things or people along the way God will return those things to you 100 fold! The people who are meant to be in your life will be and those that may have left this earth and are now in heaven are rooting for you just as much asย  if they were here! So now it is up to you to continue going through the process, God will give you everything you need as long as you keep the faith! Continue to trust in God and His way and sooner than you think you will be living your dream!

I personally tell myself this and I will share it with you “Try Your Best To Enjoy The Journey To Your Dream”. Everything may not be exactly like you pictured it but I believe everything is for a purpose. If something is delayed, then it is for a reason, if one job offer didn’t work out that is for a reason. I am always trying my best to stay positive, optimistic and to know what God has for me is mine and no one person, thing or situation can change that! If you have some down time try to enjoy it, do something that you always wanted to do, try something new, read a new book, explore life! It is not just success we want, but what happens on the way there is what makes it all count!

Happy Hump Day! ๐Ÿ™‚

XOXO,

JB