Take Your Life Back

How can life continually kick you in the gut, yet you still get up and fight?

How can life jerk the rug right out from under you, and yet you still get up and fight?

How can nothing seem to go right most of the time, and you still get up and fight?

How can you feel abandoned by God and still get up and fight?

Are you the person that fights?

People quit because they do not have a fight left in them, so THEY think! Emotionally we are all stronger than we give ourselves credit for.

“Self-acknowledgment boosts your emotional and spiritual immunity, giving you the strength, you need to release the past and rise above fear, doubt, or resignation.”—Debbie Ford

Two years ago, I took life head-on. With no emotional place to go but up, it was time to take the hits, take the pain, take the sorrow, and say NO more.

When you want to change your life, achieve more than you ever have. You need to be ready to take whatever life can throw at you, breakthrough prepared for more. When I speak of achievement, this is not about work success, this is YOU success.

Nothing in this life will come to you if you are not prepared. Emotionally prepared to never allow life to overtake your self-worth.

No more pity parties, “I can’t take it, it is too hard!” Horsefeathers!

Let me give you a little secret I have learned along the way. When you begin to awaken the you that you want to be. The person that makes all your dreams come true. You also awaken the enemy who says, “Oh NO, you don’t, I had you in the pits of hell on earth and that is where you stay.” So, the battle begins!

Life, hope, happy

You will be tested; the enemy will fill your head with garbage. Keep you busy chasing your own tale. Kicking your own ass. This is when YOU SAY, “Oh Hell. No, this is my time.”

This will help you strengthen yourself:

  1. Pray. Find times every day to share your innermost thoughts with God. The good, the bad and the ugly. Get it out. All we ask for is wisdom to resolve!
  2. Meditation. Daily get yourself in a routine of reflection. This is where we go to see ourselves in that place of joy, happiness, and peace.
  3. Journal your day. Learn the difference between activity and productivity. Success comes about when productivity dominates our days. Set specific times to achieve tasks every day that lead to a tangible result. Set up your day hour-to-hour. At first, this will be a pain in the butt. Over time it becomes second nature.
  4. Breathe. As much as needed, take a moment to breathe. Slow yourself down when your head begins to muddle up with garbage. Box breathing is a beautiful way to calm down. Easy to do: Take a couple cleansing breaths in through the nose out through the mouth. Then on a slow 4 count breath in and hold 4, breathe out on a 4 count, begin the same rhythm again. Do this a couple of times; if relaxed your good. If not a couple more times.
  5. Remember a calm mind, is productive, creative, and happy. This is where you will draw your greatest strength.

Do not give up when things get tough. Misery loves company. Do not let the enemy put in your head you can not change, YES you can!

The reason I know change is possible:

  • Great athletes train, train, and train more. You do not pick up a golf club walk onto a tee box with Tiger Woods and expect to win a game. You do not get on a pair of skis and stand in a start house with Lindsey Vaughn and expect to win a gold medal.

Why you say, why can you not beat them? Simple! Practice they have trained themselves for years to compete at the level of achievement each has attained. You must train, train and train more to win—the same thing with your mind that has decades of garbage stuffed in your mind.

People can change because you do get better when you practice. When you get off your ass and try. Try until you think one more step is impossible and take action.

Nay Sayers can kiss my ass. Let this become your mantra!

Just because lazy asses tell you something is impossible. You do not have the right stuff. Remind them to sit on their ass and hold your beer. Get it done!

I wish I had a shortcut to share. Other than your resolve must be steadfast. When enough-is-enough, you will change. I am!

Faith Are You Hanging On

How is your faith doing today? For those of us that live in the real world, hope can elude us for extended periods. It doesn’t have too. We have to practice faith daily.

If necessary, we have to practice hour-to-hour or moment-to-moment if needed. Throughout life, we have challenges to our faith. For example, illness, divorce, addiction, it can be anything that gets us in the wrong place. Don’t feel alone if that’s where you currently reside. I to have these troubles.

Prayer, hope, love

Sometimes having to talk to God over and over again expressing our faith that all is well in our life. Even when you don’t believe it down deep, I deplore this “fake it till you make it” because when it’s said to me, I am in no place to hear it. My thought is you’re the same when people tell you everything is okay fake it till you make it. Arrrgg!

When we’re in the wrong place, it’s hard to hear advice. Especially when it comes as a platitude. The funny part is. It’s precisely what you and I need to hear when we need to listen to it. Makes me want to scream, but it really does work. When you can tell yourself enough times, for example: “God, I know you’re with me even though I don’t feel your presence.” Saying something like that over and over again. After a time, you really will feel it. For me, it comes out in my writing.

So like the title describes are you hanging on? If that is all you can do today is simply hang on. Bravo! Hang on to faith even when you don’t feel it. Just when you think God is not to be found. Bam, something happens to remind you that God is right where he is supposed to be. In your heart, right by your side.

Today at church, I had a fantastic thing happen. It reminded me just that. As I sat in the congregation, the pastor was praying for folks giving their lives to Christ. When he asked if anyone else needed to come to Christ, I lifted my hand. The usher brought over some prayer materials for me. I raised my hand because for the last little while I have been struggling with hope and faith. My faith was hanging on by a thread, to be honest.

As the pastor began to move across the stage, he suddenly stopped looked at me and said, sir, yes, you sir. I looked at him to hear the words the pastor said to me, “God is telling me you need to continue your creative work.” “That is what you’re supposed to do.” The service went on.

Needless to say, my heart was racing, tears came to my eyes with joy. For the longest time, my heart has been driven to write. Photography and writing truly bring me joy. To hear out of the blue, from by the way a man I have never met and today was my first day to ever set foot in this church. Well, you can imagine my total amazement in what had happened to me. God reached out to me to say follow your passion.

So does holding onto faith work? God answered me at the most incredible time, in a church full of great folks worshiping God. He chose to talk to me when so many others, I’m sure needed to hear something from him. So how grateful am I? Beyond words.

I have had to fake it until I could make it. Today God answered me most unexpectedly. Didn’t see that coming! The impact was terrific and gives me hope when I honestly was seeking hope and faith. It had been eluding me and bam God talked to me. So I am living proof friends that in your darkest hours if you stay in faith, God will answer you.

Don’t give up, just keep moving towards God. He will find you when you most need it. Just be ready. He will show up when you least expect, but in Gods wisdom, you most need it. Give your cares to God even when you don’t understand staying in faith.

I am always happy to hear from you. If you have comments or questions, please feel free to reach out. God bless you!

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