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Seeing Myself The Way God Sees Me!

On my spiritual journey just like others I have experienced challenging times. This Faith Life  is not always easy but it’s always worth it. I’m going to share a personal journal entry from my time with God, I hope to encourage my readers as I open My Heart, thoughts and prayers.

Often times we can get so caught up in life that we begin to see ourselves through our own eyes. Many choices we have made that has increased our lives we needed God’s help. God is always there to lead and guide us and do things within and through us. When life becomes overwhelming we can lose sight of the Big Picture and begin to doubt ourselves, our gifts and talents because we are looking at what we can do through our own strength. Through the difficult time I recently experienced I had to remind myself of the way that God sees me, His purpose for my life and all that He has called me to do. God reminded me that it is not through my own strength that I have gotten this far on my journey but everything is through Him. He is my Source, the Truth, the Life and the only way I will fulfill my purpose is to Trust Him.

Journal Entry: February 14th 2018

As I search my heart today and everyday, I constantly make a choice to trust in God. Everything is not perfect but it is moving forward. I am choosing to look forward and enjoy each day as best as I can and to let past things pass away. I am also choosing to have an open heart, and no matter what I am choosing to Forgive, Let Go and Walk in Love.

Prayer: I thank you Lord for giving me the strength to move forward on this spiritual, emotional and mental Journey you have set me upon. In every trial there is a lesson, with every difficulty I am faced with choices and I always choose the choice that line up with your word. At times I get annoyed, emotionally disturbed and frustrated with situations and people. But I always come back to my foundation in you! I remember the Bigger Picture and the bright future you have planned for me! I know you know best and provide me with everything I need and want. I thank you for helping me, understanding me and giving me peace so that you can continue your work in me until the day it is finished. This journey so far has been beautiful, exciting and sometimes difficult. But I know it is definitely worth it and I’m glad you chose me!  As long as you keep choosing me and pursuing me (which I know He always will) I will always keep choosing you! Thank you for filling in the gaps because of you I am whole! Amen!

Scripture:” Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4: 6-7

I hope you will be encouraged today! Remember it is not by your own strength that you will live out your purpose is it by God’s power within you!

Happy Monday! ❤

XOXO,

JB

I’d Rather Be….

Have you ever taken the time to let your mind wander, or set aside some time to just think? I often find myself allowing my mind to drift when I’m alone and it’s quiet I think of my future.

Sometimes I wonder if given a time machine what things I would go back and change? I think about things I would rather be doing, and if I did change some things would I be in the same place in life that I am now? Would I have done more, seen more and achieved more? When I ask myself these questions I know I’m not alone in wondering where I’d rather be.

On my life’s journey so far I have learned and observed we spend a lot of time wondering what could have been? Allowing our past experiences to take a seat in our present lives. In order to move forward and have the future God has planned for us, we must first move out of the past. Moving out of the past doesn’t mean you have to forget it. I definitely have had past experiences that have helped to shape me into the woman I am today. (And not to toot my own horn but I turned out pretty great). Remembering some of my past reaffirms how far I have come while not repeating my past mistakes. We shouldn’t let our past make present and future decisions in our lives.

Some ways to not allow your past to interfere with your present and future are as follows:

*Always Forgive*

No matter who it is or what was done forgive them, forgive it. Remember forgiveness is always for you and not for the person or act you are forgiving.

*Let Go*

After you have forgiven just let it go! You will feel free of the tension and heaviness that comes with holding on to a wrongdoing or negativity.

*Trust God*

Trusting people is so hard! So therefore put all of your trust in God! He will guard your heart so you don’t have to. Trust that He will bring the right people and opportunities into your life!

*Walk In Love*

In everything you do, do it with the intention of Love! You can’t control what others do or say but you always have control over yourself, your response, your intentions and your actions. Love is a choice and an action not just a feeling!

So now when wondering where I’d rather be I am just filled with thankfulness! I am thankful that I am not my past, I am not those past hurts and wrong-doings. I am the woman God created me to be! I will not allow past experiences to take a seat in my present life or cause me to make future decisions because of what happened to me back in the day! I will continue to allow my past to be just what it was, an old experience, a memory, a lesson. It is not my future, it is not me! My past or any situation, any person or anything cannot and will not stop me from receiving all God has for me!

Be encouraged today that you are not your past! Your future is brighter than ever and God’s Love flows through you! Therefore you have everything you need to live your best life and to conquer every obstacle! That molehill may seem like a mountain but God has already worked it out for you! I’d rather be living my best life, how about you?

 

Happy Friday! ❤️

XOXO,

JB

 

Who Is God….Really!?!

Different people that come from different backgrounds and experiences have all come to God or turned away from God in their own way. Through my personal life’s journey I’ve found that some people may know God but can have some misconceptions about who God really is. Some see Him as something you can depend on, a constant and everything you need to live your best life. Others can see Him as a judge, someone who sits on a throne, waits for you to make a mistake and instantly send punishment your way. I will share Who God Really Is in my life.

Who is God…Really? I don’t know who He is to you but to me God is everything! Literally Everything! I could not live the life I live now without God. Trust me I tried it once and it was awful. I couldn’t win for losing, my mind was never clear, I was stressed, always trying to be a step ahead but in actuality I was 10 steps behind. I couldn’t figure out why bad things would happen to me. I was kind and helpful, I was a good person. Why couldn’t I get it together? It was because I had not fully dedicated myself to God.

After I figured that out, which I wish I would have done earlier I not only dedicated my life to God but He gave me something. A lot of somethings to help me become the woman He created me to be. Most of our lives we are searching and trying to figure out who we are and what our purpose on this Earth is. Well, I know someone who has those answers God!

I always had some sense of God because of the way I grew up. My mother made it mandatory that her children attend church. So I always knew of God and knew how to pray and go to Him when I needed. But it was not until I dedicated my life to Him as an adult that I fully experienced and came to understand who God really is. Even in some church experiences preachers can have misconceptions about God. They will tell you God is so powerful, which He is and all that He did in the Old Testament to punish those who didn’t obey Him. And those stories can pretty much scare the crap out of you. What I have learned and what is the most important and most powerful thing about God is His Love! His Love for us, and what He did to make sure we always have a way back to Him!

I know this may sound cliche’ but God is Love! You want to know God, know Love! You want to experience true Love, get to know God! God not only changed me into my best self but He also showed me what true Love really is, and in this He showed me Himself! Because of my Love experience with God, my fear of Him is reverence for Him not actual being afraid of Him because of His power. My relationship with God is like a Best Friend and Parent/Child Relationship all in one. I can go to Him for anything, I can express myself with Him freely and if it is something I am need or want  He provides it for me! Because of God I cannot be fooled by deceitful people or by the devil himself. I know that everything I need is in God! And to honor His love He shows me everyday I continue to keep Him at the forefront of my life and include Him in everything that I do!

God is Love! God is Everything You Need! God Knows All! God is Life! This is Who God Really Is!

 

Happy Monday! ❤️

XOXO,

JB

Walking In Your God Given Purpose With Confidence!

 

In order to gain Confidence and boldly live out your purpose for God you must first know who God created you to be. Once you understand and accept your God given Identity then you can begin to fully live out your life’s purpose.

As we all have experienced at one time or another, nothing worth having comes easy. There are obstacles, difficulty and temptation constantly working against us. So of course in order to stay on your path and stand firm you have to not only know who you are but also what your God given purpose is. In order to find this out you simply ask God.

In this life it seems that we always have questions, “Why Me?, Why now? Now What?” Having questions is definitely natural and it is always okay to ask God for clarification. It’s the only way to be sure you are headed in the right direction. I always say and practice that I consult with God before making any decisions. That includes big decisions such as, “what career am I supposed to be in?” as well as the smallest decision like “where should I go to eat today?” It may sound strange to some people but this way I am sure I never stray off the path God has for me.

The main thing that also ensures I’m living out my life’s purpose is my prayer life. Prayer is not only a way to ask God for things but also to connect with Him. Being connected with God is essential to confidently walking in your purpose. Remember God knows all so He will never lead you wrong!

Once you know who you are, what your purpose is and have a connection with God, you have all you need now and forever to walk boldly and with confidence in the purpose and life God has designed just for you! Stand firm, trust God and never give up!

Happy Sunday! ❤️

XOXO,

JB

God’s Love Is Everything!

The way God Loves is very different from how we as humans love. God’s Love doesn’t come with stipulations or conditions. God’s Love goes on forever and never gives up. God’s Love waits patiently on us to come to Him and live the life He has designed just for us. God’s Love doesn’t judge our personalities and characteristics. God’s Love is the best kind of Love that anyone can receive. God’s Love is the only Love of it’s kind, the original and true meaning of what Love truly is.

When you think of all the goals you have in life I guarantee for most people finding true Love is on that list. Love is what we feel can make us complete, fill the void in our lives and bring our lives full circle. If you have everything but you don’t have Love then you ultimately have nothing. Have you ever wondered why Love is considered having everything? Why is it that our lives always feels as if something is missing if we don’t have Love? Often times we go about searching for Love in all the wrong ways. We hope that one day we will meet the one person in this world who understands us, completes our sentences and can see us for who we are. We look for this Love from another human, a man or a woman. That one person who will give us the Love we see in romantic movies, the person who will make us feel like a Disney Princess or Prince. This Love does exist but not in the way we imagine. For any human to be able to give this kind of Love they must first experience the Love of God!

God has personally shown me what Love truly is, I mean come on He created it. When I once upon a time struggled with feeling unloved by people God showed me that what others had shown me was not true Love. Only God’s Love can do all the things we think Love is. God may not like something I do but He never takes His love away! He is always there for me when I need Him, He answers my prayers and my questions, He provides what I need and want! God’s Love is truly everything! When God says “All we need is in Him” it is so true! Even if I am not feeling myself I can go to God and He reminds of who I am! My identity comes from Him! I know that if I had not experienced God’s Love I would not be able to truly Love someone else. Because Of the Love God has shown me, every void has been filled, every area of my life has lined up with what He has promised. God’s Love Is Everything!

Not only did God show me what Love is but He also fine tuned me so that my heart is pure and open. This is the only way to receive God’s Love and everything that comes with it. This is also the only way to be able to give true Love to others! You cannot say you truly Love someone else until you have experienced Love yourself! If you haven’t already received God’s Love just go to Him sincerely and He will give it to you! You do not have to be perfect, or earn it, He already Loves you, you just have to receive it!

Happy Friday! 🙂

XOXO,

JB

Choosing To Be Constantly Thankful!

Every situation brings different feelings, when hardship strikes we often have thoughts of what it is we may feel that we need or want but don’t have. We can often fill our minds with thoughts of what our future will be like if our situation doesn’t change. We become consumed with life’s pressures of being successful and having more money than we could dream of. But having to worry about money and what it can buy us can cause us to be ungrateful and unthankful. Then we may find ourselves mumbling and complaining about what we wish we had instead of being Thankful for what we do have, the place we presently are and what God has promised for our future.

Geez Louise Life can be hard, things don’t go as planned, obstacles thrown in our way and the constant chase to be the world’s definition of successful. I’m hear to tell you I agree! Life is hard! Nothing worth having is easy! Know that God has a purpose and plan designed just for you. In order to achieve this, a partnership with Him is necessary! After you have hooked up with God, we expect for God to pour on the blessings in the form of money as soon as possible. Well, sorry to be the hammer that comes down on your head as I speak the truth, God’s promises does not automatically come to pass. I know, shocking right! God requires us to do our part, to stand on His word, Trust Him and pursue the ideas, gifts and talents He has placed within us! So what I am saying here is you have to do some work to get what God has promised you! I know another shocker!

Because we are required to work and do our parts we may experience periods of delay and difficult times. The awesome thing is that God is always there helping us and guiding us to what He has for us! When these times that you have not planned or deemed to be stupid or frustrating comes along, continue to be Thankful! All God has done for you up until this point was not for nothing! And pay attention, God may be teaching you something, revealing things, skills and people that will be important to your next level! God may be increasing you!

Don’t ever take for granted a situation the devil meant to be a tragedy turning around to increase your life! God does His best miracles out of tragic situations! Having an attitude of Thankfulness along with a Thankful heart will cause God to get to you what He promised much more quickly than when you are focusing on what you don’t have! In case you are a person who has been complaining more than being Thankful here are a few tips to get you started to achieving a Thankful heart and attitude.

Reasons To Be Thankful:

  • You woke up today!
  • You have the ability to do the work God requires!
  • You have the ability to speak things into your life as if you’ve already got them!
  • You can open your mouth and say Thank You God!

There you go! Make being Thankful a lifestyle! No matter where you are in life, I bet it is better than you were before! You have to Thank God for that! Working with God as your partner in life, every need will be met, you can make your dreams your reality and everything in your life is always subject to change! And when God thinks of change it includes increase and all He has promised you! Take God’s promises personally! He will always do what He said He would! He is doing great things for me and He will do them for you! Show God you can handle the best life He has planned! Be a good steward by always being Thankful!

 

Happy Sunday! ❤️

XOXO,

JB

 

Don’t Panic, Step Back, Gain Clarity & Trust God!!!

In life it is inevitable that difficult and inconvenient situations will arise. Often times we may react instead of thinking things through, seeing the situation as a mountain instead of a molehill. When difficult times happen as they will don’t look so closely at the problem, for every problem God has a solution.

On this journey I have learned that reacting is not always the best choice, I can get angry, yell scream and throw an adult tantrum but the problem will still be there. When you have a problem you want it to go away as quickly as possible. You don’t want to prolong it or cause more problems and the only way to do that is first Don’t Panic! When we Panic our minds are clouded, when we are upset all we are thinking of is the problem that needs solving. Your mind is blocked off to coming up with solutions for the problem. This might sound simple but stay calm and give yourself time to process what you have been presented with.

Once you are cool, your difficult glasses are off and you now see the issue for exactly what it is. You won’t exaggerate or see the issue through a magnifying glass, you see and understand what is happening. Taking a Step Back in all situations is a good thing! Getting too excited about something great or that seems great at the moment may look different later. It works the same when difficulties arise. Stepping Back allows your mind to be clear after you realize the actual size of the issue.

After snapping back into reality and understanding the issue at hand now you can gain Clarity that will help you come up with solutions! Your mind is clear, your thinking is straight and now God can channel solutions for your problem through you! Things you couldn’t have thought of when you were upset will come to you. Lastly Trust God! You can trust that God has not thought of a problem that there is not a solution for! He knows all and provides us with all we need when we need it! He has instilled wisdom in you to handle any and all of life’s situations! Trust God that He will get you through any obstacle that tries to get in your way! The scripture that I love to say when things get difficult for me is “No weapon formed against me will prosper!” Meaning things will try to stop you from getting what God has for you but will not be successful in any and all attempts! So even when things seem unbearable Trust God! He Has Us!

I recently experienced this within my own journey. My cell phone decided to break, not because I dropped it or didn’t take care of it. In great condition it just stopped working, would not even turn on. No big deal right….well the bigger issue was I had a phone interview the next day! Go figure my phone breaks and now I can’t have the phone interview for the job I’ve been praying for! What!?! I did everything I explained to you today. Not only did I have a great interview (went to use the phone in my apartments office), I have a new phone and I have another interview tomorrow! I trusted God and although something so small but so inconvenient came up I have the victory! What God has planned is already a finished product! Nothing and No one can stop what God has for you!!!

 

Happy Hump Day! 🙂

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! 🙂

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 as  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! 🙂

XOXO,

JB

Let Your Light Shine!!!

Living in a world filled with more negativity than I have ever witnessed in my 31 years of life, I know the importance of promoting positivity. You do not have to be the richest person in the world or even be famous to promote positive vibes, it all starts with you. You can make a difference by smiling while walking down the street, giving some encouraging words or just being in good spirits. Giving off positivity causes you to get positivity back, it brings you closer to living your dreams and also gives you feelings of joy! I personally love to be around others that encourage me and give off good vibes all around them. Positivity can be contagious just like negativity, because I have a choice I am going to choose to LET MY LIGHT SHINE!!!

Being positive is not always easy, but it is worth it. Would you rather feel dark and gloomy all day or joyous and happy? Actions causes feelings, feelings can also cause actions! With so many people focusing on the negativity in their lives the world needs more people to become positive and do great things! Will you be one of those people? I know I will! We all have something special about us, God created us this way! We all have gifts, talents and desires that God places in our hearts. It is up to us to choose to pursue our gifts and use them in a positive way. That is your light! LET IT SHINE!! If you have a gift or talent that you are not pursuing in a positive way you are missing out. You shouldn’t let your light be dimmed or put out because of difficulties in the past or your current dead end job! You have to make executive decisions for your life! Choose to be great!!

When you LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE, you inspire, encourage and help others to find their light! If we can come together, find our lights and what makes us unique in this world we can cause others to do the same! Love and positivity can spread just as quickly as negativity does! But it has to start with us! It cannot start with judging others, or telling people how they can get their lives together! But it begins with one positive person that is SHINING THEIR LIGHT! So let that positive person be you! Live the best life you can live, you only get one! LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE in your life and help others by encouraging them along the way! And watch how your life changes for the better from the inside out! Let’s Win Together!!

Happy Thursday! 🙂

XOXO,

JB