Learn to Move Past Defeat

“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.”–Maya Angelou

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Something I struggle with strength, but these words from Maya Angelou bring me strength. We all suffer setbacks but we don’t have to just lay down. Fight through, keep your faith!

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Let Go of the Past

The wonderful thing about life, today can be a new day if you choose it to be. You can’t embrace the new when you have your arms around the past!

Many days I am reminded to ask myself, can I change what has already been? All you can do is make amends for past indiscretions and move ON. Nothing will change the past, but the future can be between you and God.

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Time to move on be HAPPY!

Letting go of the past is something I struggle with from time-to-time. Past issues haunt me regularly. Learning to forgive ourselves is foremost in cleansing ourselves for a better life. Forgiveness self-given can be challenging in the sense that we all think our past mistakes deserve a life sentence. We beat ourselves into submission, holding onto junk that we need to let go.

The past does not define who we are today unless we allow that energy to remain. You can, however, be a better person, bring a better you to the world in repayment of past deeds. Something that I have gifted myself. Choosing to produce a better me to the world I can forgive myself. You can make too!

It’s a choice to stay on the dark side of your past or look to the bright side of your future. The past does not define the person you can be now. What you’ve done in your past is not a life sentence, let it go. Make an amends where possible, confess it to God and move on.
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I Ain’t Going Down No More

This walk we take through life has curves, cliffs, mountains, snow, ice, you name it your mind can put you in a dangerous place. These are the things that we run into in our mind. I love the saying that turmoil is the price of admission for a beautiful life. We all have something to learn from our pain. I don’t like pain any more than you do, but we can work through it.

I remember a scene in Rocky II when Rocky is fighting Apollo Creed. Rocky takes punch after brutal punch, knocked down time and time again. Rocky stumbles back to his corner face swollen, bleeding seemingly out of steam and Rocky tells Mickey “I ain’t going down no more.” He finds his strength out of being beaten down, hit again and again. The power to go on. Not to quit.God, faith,

The point is if you’re getting your ass kicked by life it’s time to say “I ain’t going down no more.”

Okay, I hear everyone saying sure easier said than done. You have to ask yourself if you’re saying that “Have I had enough yet?” Say it, say it NOW! Tell the enemy to get out of your head, you ain’t going down no more.

The first thing you have to come to terms with is that enough is enough. NO matter the pain or turmoil in your head. Get to a place in your mind where you can make quite the spirit. The only way I can tell you to do it meditate. You can find free guided meditations on YouTube, put on some headphones on close your eyes and listen. Feel yourself relaxing. If you have to play it ten times before you begin to feel something do it.

Here is the trouble you may run into. We’re all I WANT IT NOW people. So what happens is people quit. They stop just at the moment change is going to happen. Successful people will tell you why they’re successful is they’re willing to take one more step than you are. You can’t quit. The enemy will fight you tooth and nail to beat you. Don’t live in your head live in your soul. Your head will jack you up. Your soul is where love, abundance, and relief live.

Your head will trick you and leave you in a terrible place. Open up your heart, your soul to find real peace. You can do this during meditation, connecting with God, the universe, Devine source, or a higher power. When you join with whom I call God during meditation a whole new world opens up, “I ain’t going down no more.”

See yourself in meditation, happy, abundant and living the life dreams are made of. It can happen. Don’t quit too soon. There is NO quick fix. You have to own the pain when you do you hold the world. “Own that Shit”–Harley Quinn. Peace will come during meditation if it takes a little time it will. Let your mind go to God, divine source, you will find peace to hold onto.

Don’t tell yourself it’s too much. NOTHING is too much. Here is a terrible example of pain, loss of a child. The terrible sad truth is life will go on no matter how much we don’t want it to at that moment. Pain is pain, is pain. The loss of someone is the most unbelievable pain we can experience. Yet the sun will come up tomorrow. You can’t stop fighting to get out of your difficult situation. You can’t lose faith when there is nothing to hold onto but faith. The hope of change may be all you have right now, take it, own it. Peace is coming I promise it is.

This is why you have to connect to a Devine source. Sometime’s there is no real answer, especially when we lose something as precious as a loved one. I use this extreme because most problems pale in comparison. If you’re reading this and you have lost a loved one my heart goes out to you.The loss is painful, but it will pass even when you believe it won’t, it will. God be with you.

For most problems when we’re in the middle of them, the pain can be daunting. So massive we can’t see a way out. I have very recently gone through this. My life is turned upside down, finances are in turmoil, family, the list goes on. The enemy has taken my joy on many days, where I was just a mess. Bulldozing my way through has been a struggle. I have been knocked down time and time again in my own head. It’s not real, it’s the enemy who will try at all cost keep you down. DO NOT LISTEN!!!

We all hear change is not easy. No, it’s not, but you can do it! I have had days where it’s so black in my head, indeed a dark place no human wants to go.

Never give up. I don’t care how much you think you can’t I am living proof you can. Get off the canvas stand up and fight. You have it in you I know it in my heart.

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Faith Eludes Me

When thinking of faith I quickly come to realize without it I’m lost, but holding onto it is merely a struggle. It eludes me often. Believing in something that you can’t tangibly hold onto, feel or smell. It goes against some preconceived notion in the mind that you can’t find something you can’t see.

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Faith in God

So for me looking outside my noodle is where I find reasons for hope. Two things have happened to me the last two times I have gone to church. Things that you can’t explain why these blessings happened, but they did.

First, as you can tell I write and love photography. As I sat in church with my sister and brother-in-law. The pastor was asking the congregation at the end of the service if anyone wanted to accept Christ in their life or if you felt disconnected from Christ and want to renew your faith to raise your hand. As the Pastor asked one last time to restore your faith in God I raised my hand. The usher brought over some materials for me to read and a cd. As I was beginning to sit down, the pastor completely stopped everything and motioned “Sir, Sir, yes you sir.” I looked up to realize he was speaking to me. He said, “God is speaking to me now, and he is saying you need to continue to work on your creative life this is good.” The service continued.

This is coming from a man who has never met me, ever. My first time in this church in my life. Nothing would have connected me to the pastor except for God. If that was not God talking to me through him, what was it then?

Over the past week, my struggle with faith has been put to the test in a barrage of negative thoughts and self-loathing. Fighting the enemy from the moment I awake until my eyes shut passing out for pure exhaustion from the battle.

So to my amazement and the amazement of my sister who knows that my past week has been a troubling challenge with the enemy. My headaches this week from the battles have been some nights overwhelming.

What makes this indeed thought-provoking. At the end of church service today as the pastor was ending the service he said that before the ceremony God spoke to his heart and he wanted to pray for people who couldn’t find peace in their head, suffered from terrible headaches. So he prayed over that. Again I was completely taken aback.

If God is not speaking to me in these moments, then this guy is a clairvoyant of such immense gifts as to be unrivaled by anyone. It’s God, and I get that!

Even with two big fish smacked across my head saying hey buddy, this is God and I hear, sadly I still struggle a bit. However, I do pause more to say wait a minute perhaps something is heard that I need to believe in.

What I’m suggesting to you is that if faith eludes you. Then put yourself in situations where God might have a chance to speak to your heart. Whether that is church, nature, watching your kids play. Whatever, just get yourself in a place that God can talk to you. One big thing, prayer!

If you don’t hear God like I did this past week. Then like I’m suggesting get somewhere especially church where with no expectation you just allow what happens to be.

For me only after I lost my faith, not completely mind you but lost. God nudged me and what came to my heart was believe. God hears us even when we think he’s not listening. Many times this past week I honestly thought I was alone.

Battling through these tough times for anyone can be daunting. My point is we’re not alone with faith in God and probably not alone on this earth. Don’t lose hope, I give you my word I won’t if you won’t miss trust. Let’s make that pact together and let God know what you’ve done!

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