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Overcoming Daily Obstacles!

Most of us in this world are working adults, we work the dreadful Monday through Friday schedule 8AM to 5PM. Depending on your career path you may have more flexibility or be a homemaker. In any case we all work, taking the steps to reach our goals in life and to fulfill our life’s purpose.

During the work week it is so easy to experience many obstacles. These obstacles may be work related, personal or emotional. Either way by the end of the week you can be drained from it all or you can overcome those obstacles like a champ! Here is what I do to effectively get through the work week, enjoy the weekend and get back to business the next week.

Firstly I’ve been working a new job for almost 4 months now. I used to work from home but now I go into the office. My daily obstacles include, office banter, traffic, waking up before the butt crack of dawn and dealing with people, their feelings, thoughts and attitudes all week long! And then I say “God are you sure this is what I asked for?”

The way I come out on top every week is I continue to fill my spirit with God’s word. Listening to a sermon, reading scripture or notes that I’d previously made, it’s all God’s word. Then when I get off of work I always do at least one enjoyable activity, whether it is watching my favorite show, listening to music or best of all getting on my skates! As long as I do something enjoyable that evening it helps my week go smoother.

The second thing I do is to always be mindful of foolishness and negative people. If you can, avoid both of these. Foolishness and negative people only bring you down, use your energy ineffectively and cause you to get distracted. You don’t need that, I know I don’t!

Lastly, don’t panic! Don’t panic when things don’t go as planned or you left the shoes you wanted to wear to work at home and didn’t realize it until you were halfway to work, had no spare time to stop for a new pair and if you did everything is closed because it’s 6AM when you arrive at your place of work like I did this morning! Haha!

Lift up your head, trust God because He has a solution for every problem and walk into work confidently, get through your work week gracefully, use your energy effectively and wear those Neon Pink Nike Slides like you coordinated it with your outfit on purpose! 😁

When we make sure we fill our spirits with God’s word, do enjoyable activities, don’t panic and trust God we will continue to overcome daily obstacles, small aggravations and unexpected changes. At the end of week we will be winners, conquerors and exactly the people God created us to be!

When You Do Better, You Become Better And Experience Better!

Happy Wacky Wednesday! ❤

XOXO,

JB

God’s Unique Plan: Releasing The Concerns Of Others!

Some people can take an interest in the lives of others. Forming and sharing their thoughts, feelings and opinions about someone else’s life and decisions. There are many forms of entertainment out there but  nothing like people watching. 👀 It is important for us not to allow what people think or say to affect or hinder our unique journey.

Everybody is different. There are no 2 people on Earth that is the same. I don’t consider myself to be normal. I’ve always done things differently than others. I have never went with a fad or what was most popular. When I chose to do things differently I did it intentionally. I will just share my experience with dealing with opinions and thoughts of others about my journey of “Waiting For My Husband.”

I am single, waiting on my husband and celibate. I have been for a nice while now. I’ve taken this time to get closer to God and to get to know myself better. Knowing God is truly knowing yourself. I’ve been asked “how can I ask God for a husband when I don’t date?” Well, because I trust God to bring the man He has created just for me to be my husband into my life so the search is not up to me to do. And honestly I am over dating. I’ve dated before, been in long term relationships before, I’ve even had sexual rendezvous before and none of those things ever brought me closer to finding my husband. I’ve realized it’s because I am not to be out there looking and searching. God knows all and He knows my future husband. I trust that when the time is right we will come together just as God has planned.

With that being said, I’ve met, talked to and entertained some men in my single state. It’s a lot of men that are just like a lot of women. They are playing the field and do not have the slightest idea of what they want or even what they are looking for in a potential mate. Some people just want companionship, some people just want sex and some people like me desire a forever partnership with my future spouse. I don’t like it when people automatically assume just because I’ve been single for a while,  I am celibate and choose not to get involved with the wrong person like I’ve done pretty much most of my adult life that I am desperate or in a rush to find or get love. That’s just simply not true.

First of all God loves me unconditionally, that’s all I need! Actually I was talking to someone that held my interest for a good little while and I came to the conclusion I need a little longer to be single! So not every woman is just flat out desperate because she knows what she wants and refuses to settle for less than God’s best. I have no problem waiting for my husband. I don’t feel like my biological clock is ticking. I am all the way good!

I also don’t like it when women are accused of being overly emotional just because they know how to effectively express their feelings. That’s crazy! I always make sure I am up front and honest with whomever I choose to entertain that shows a romantic interest in me. Most of the time my honesty runs most men away which I think is awesome! Because if you can’t take my honesty, God did not send you! Okay!

So just be mindful while playing the field. Be mindful of your words. Do not say things that you do not mean. Be honest and upfront and please know yourself so you can know what you want. And if you are in the process of getting to know yourself. Then take the time to do just that be single and don’t waste other people’s time.

If you are only interested in sex say that. If you only want a non committed relationship say that. If you just don’t know what you want and you are winging it through life say that too! This way there is no confusion, no back and forth, no playing with people’s feelings and no bad karma for you. Because trust me Karma doesn’t care if you were a heathen yesterday and started living for God today it’s still coming for you. So just be truthful with people and you will have less trouble in this area of life.

You can be single and wait on your future spouse anyway you choose. But please don’t judge others because their way is not the most popular or even unheard of. Live your life the way you see fit. I personally live the Faith Life, living for God and living out the journey He created just for me!

In Layman’s terms Do you and I’m gonna do me! 😁

Live Intentionally! Be Bold! Your life does not need to be validated by others and you don’t have to prove yourself worthy of anybody’s love! God loves you! And God loves Me! So it really doesn’t matter who doesn’t! The people that are meant to be in your life will be! All others will be Exposed then Removed!

God does not play behind His children! He will protect your heart, so don’t worry about it getting broken! He will keep you and give you all you need to fulfill the journey He has made just for you! Don’t let other people’s opinions and thoughts hinder you from what God is trying to get to you!

Happy Thursday! ❤

XOXO

JB

A Firm Foundation!

When you think of a foundation you normally think the beginning, a place to start from or a place to build from. In every area of life your foundation is what grounds you, a  reminder of where you first came from, how far you’ve come and where you are going. Foundation is important because when things change, are removed and are shaken in your life it’s the foundation in which you will have to come back to and stand.

No matter what we go through in life it is important to always remember where you began and to focus in on where you’re going. Personally this always helps me to be encouraged and to never give up. When I think of the progression that has occurred in my life it reminds me to continue to be thankful and to remember I have more to do to fulfill my God-given life’s purpose. I would not be able to do anything that I have done if I did not have a structure in which I’ve built from.

For some people Foundation can mean family friends or inspiration that constantly reminds them of the road ahead. Your foundation should be something that can continue to keep you focused on the Journey God has created for your life. As long as you have something to keep you steady when life is changing, something that pushes you to keep going and something that inspires you to live your best life nothing and no one can stop what God has planned for you.

When the tough times in life arise as they sometimes do just remember the foundation from which you came from, which you built upon, the life that you have committed to live and the lives that will be changed because of your choice to live out your life’s purpose. We were all put here for a reason, a very special purpose to use our God-given gifts and talents  to show others His love and marvelous works through us. Your life will be an example to others of what God is really about and how he works, which is through people. The only way to make it through this journey that was made just for you is by standing strong on your foundation. When you do you will be living out your dreams and life’s purpose doing what God has made you to do and receiving all He has for you!

Happy Sunday! 🙂

 

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

New Place, New Level: Everybody Can’t Come

When God increases you and brings you to a New Place it is very common to experience changes in every area of your life. As humans we naturally see change as scary or something unfamiliar but in fact the changes that God brings are the best changes for our lives and propels us further into fulfilling our life’s purpose.

I’ve had this very conversation with one of my cousins and she so profoundly​ said sometimes we pass up others that may have had a part in our lives. These people may have been titled as “friends” or someone you may consider close to you. You may realize as you move forward with God these relationships begin to change or become stale. My cousin also said “I don’t feel any kind of way about those whom I’ve left behind.” When she said that it got me to thinking specifically about my journey and how God told me once I surrendered my entire life to His plan that everybody can’t come!

When God increases you He gives you everything you need to prepare you for your New Place! Some relationships are temporary and may not be meant to extend to where you are going. It’s okay to move forward and allow those relationships that seem to all of a sudden dwindle out stay out. Sometimes this is hard for me for I’ve had very many people call me “friend” but not many be a true friend to me. So I’ll still check in every now and then with “friends” and try to plan a time to spend time with them, but I’ve finally realized Everybody Can’t Come!

God will supply all Divine Connections​! I should not try to keep up relationships that were only meant for seasonal purposes, I’m on my journey and living out my purpose, those that are supposed to be in my life will be! I trust God with every area of my life and I will trust Him to bring forth the Divine Relationships that are meant. Those that are not, well I’m in a New Place and I don’t feel any kind of way about it!

Be conscious of who you decide to spend your time with. Ask yourself is this person living out their purpose? Am I trying to hold on to a relationship that is naturally dwindling away? Know that God knows best and when you allow Him to lead you. He will only lead you down the best path that contains the Divine Connections you need!

Now you can step into your New Place with confidence! Be bold and continue to live the life God has purposed you to live!

 

Happy Hump Day!  🙂

XOXO

JB

 

 

Moving Forward With God!

While on the journey to Divine Life you will always experience increase. God increases our lives to different levels, each level being higher than the previous one. Once a new level is reached some things and people may stay on their current level while you are Moving Forward! Recognize that some people, things, characteristics and situations are meant to be in your life for only a season. Everything is not meant to be in your life forever, just like you may be rising to a new level some things and people are not meant to come with you.

With increase comes growth and wisdom. When God increases you He brings you to a new place in which you haven’t been before, a place where you are a better version of yourself. In this new place you do things differently, think differently and expect different results. All of our old habits, old friends and traditions may change. When this happens don’t spend too much time thinking about why these things have changed just embrace it and be grateful.

Everything God does is for a reason. Don’t take for granted how God is protecting you and leading you to what He has for you. Of course bad things do not come from God but if a situation occurs that you consider bad God will always make it work out in your favor. When I think about the relationships I’ve had with people and how they have changed I’m thankful! Everyone is not on God’s plan or seeking God’s best for their lives. Those that are on their own plans leading and guiding themselves will be separated from those of us who have accepted God’s plan for our lives. Being an example in the earth of all the awesome things God can do will attract some and deter others. Just know those whom are meant to be in your life at appointed times will be.

After you’ve accepted that the concept of increase sometimes means leaving others behind don’t feel bad about the journey God has set you on. Great things and people will come into your life and you can take comfort in knowing those things and people were sent by God. It will be very easy to recognize that which doesn’t belong. I always remind myself of that because we can easily develop a long term attachment for those who are only seasonal. As we continue to put God first and at the center of every area in our lives He will always reveal to us new things, new people, new places and new levels. No one can Move Forward always looking back over their shoulder. Don’t allow your past to affect your future!


Happy Monday! ❤️

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

 

Patience, Gratefulness & Worship!

On this journey God has placed me on I have acquired certain attitudes about life and God’s Plan. Attitudes that I believe are skills needed to get me through each level of increase God brings. Each level of increase consists of a process before the manifestation, the process although it can be difficult builds me up, makes my spirit stronger and teaches me key components that I will need once I reach the next level of increase. It is tough to see the value in the process while I’m in it but towards the end I see how God has added value to my life and my journey.

One of the most valuable skills I have learned is Patience. God has taught me the art of waiting. Timing is so intricate within God’s plan, everything is done at a specific time or within a season. I may not always understand it but the results of my Patience has been amazing thus far. I always remind myself in the times I become impatient that God knows what He is doing and I have allowed Him to have full control over my life. I have came this far because of God and He knows what is best for me. With Patience comes trust, trusting God through every situation and to solve every problem is important. There is nothing too hard for God and nothing He can’t do!

After learning Patience I’ve learned to have a attitude of Gratitude! Continuing to be Grateful for all I have now instead of worrying about what I don’t have and what I want to have in the future. Now don’t get me wrong I am a forward thinking person, I take time to meditate on my future and my goals. But I also make sure I am consistently being Grateful to God for increasing me from where I used to be. If you can show God you are Grateful with what He has blessed you with now, He knows He can trust you and bless you with more! I don’t take anything for granted from waking up everyday with Divine health and in my right mind to crossing paths with people who are meant to be in my life. I like to call it Divine Intervention, everything is for a reason.

Lastly I have recently gotten a deeper revelation of what it means to Worship! Worshiping God doesn’t have to mean what someone else says it means, but what it means to me which is having a special honor and reverence for God. In other words a special respect that you have for God that you don’t have for anyone else. Pastor Bridget Hilliard of New Light Christian Center explained it this way at the Women’s Conference this past week. This got me to thinking about my personal relationship with God and what it means. How I have come to know and love God so much that I trust Him in every area of my life! So I decided why Worship God only when you are going through something or on Sundays when you attend church. I’ve decided to show God how much He means to me daily, so I now include Worship in my routine. God means so much to me and I love to show Him the honor and place He holds in my life! Also Worship changes things! Since I’ve added Worship in my daily routine God always gives my spirit exactly what it needs to keep going, to stay strong and to accomplish my goals that day! I love it! The wonderful thing about God is He has so much to give us even if we don’t ask for anything and when we do ask for something He gives us more! Come On, who wouldn’t want to Worship a God like that!?! He is The Only God Like That!

Life has so many things going on, things to do, places to go, people to see, difficulties that arise but God is constant, always there, never changing, always loving, unending and everything we will ever need forever! I am more than ecstatic to know​ Him, love Him and have Him at the center of my life and everything I do! If He has taught me this much as of now, just imagine how much more He will teach me and show me! With God as the head of my life, I can master my life’s journey, be the woman He created me to be and fulfill my God given purpose on this Earth! And You Can Too!

 

Happy Tuesday! 🙂 ❤️

XOXO

JB

Making Executive Decisions For Your Life!

On your journey to receiving all God has for you there are key decisions that have to be made. These key decisions will shape not only how you get to where God wants you to be but also help you to gain wisdom and clarity on your life’s purpose.

“Everything that glitters is not gold,” as the old folks would say. Every opportunity that presents itself may look and sound good but may not be the right opportunity for you. If it doesn’t fall in line with what God has directed you to do or if it strays too far off the path that you are on, it’s probably not the right opportunity. These kind of opportunities may come when you are focused on getting what God says you can have. Saying No in life is just as important as saying Yes! Some things that come to us are not for us. The devil can present what may seem like a great opportunity to distract you from where God is bringing you to. We have to recognize and realize what those opportunities look like so we can carefully weed out what is not for us!

This has recently happened to me, I am currently going through a process that is sending me to the next level in my life. Over the past 5 months or so I have experienced different trails and lessons that has gotten me to the place I am today. If it was not for these specific things happening, some were super awesome, some were not so great, I would not have learned the lessons needed to rise to the next level of my journey. Within this process I have opened my heart to new things, had some great experiences and also rid myself of some things and people. I’ve also had to say No to some opportunities that sounded great! I’ve said Yes to the things God has planted within my heart although some may think I should be doing otherwise. I have chosen to make some sacrifices and be patient so I can get to where God is leading me! It’s definitely not the easiest thing to do but I know it will be worth it!

Anything God has told me to do I am doing it, even if it seems to be difficult or if I can’t see the end result. I know God has never led me wrong and as long as I keep moving forward with my spirit man first I will not be disappointed! And of course because God can’t fail and I’m in partnership with Him neither can I! Continue to make Executive Decisions For Your Life! Don’t be afraid to say No to something that is not particularly in line with your journey! Say Yes to those things that are not only worth your time, skills, gifts and talents but are desires of your heart! God has placed those desires there so you can act on them! Say No to people, things and activities that are not in line with what God has told you to do, things that are wasting your time! Do and participate with people and activities that support your journey to living the life God has designed just for you! Don’t be afraid to step up and make the right decisions for your life! God has given you the wisdom and clarity to do so! God will always be on our sides leading and guiding us, but He gives us everything we need to make the right decisions! Trust in the God that lives inside of you to live your best life! Our choices and Executive Decisions shape our lives! God has entrusted you with this journey so follow your heart, the center of you to get all 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