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Today I was reflecting, and I realized it has been a long time.

It has been a long time since I picked up the computer, and placed my fingers on the keys,and wrote from my heart.

So many justifiable things have gotten in the way. Life. Family. Work. The list could go on and on. But I am learning as I go through life that writing, for me is like therapy. It is a rare opportunity to share the hidden parts of my heart. To pour out, what I believe God may be sharing with me, and hope that it blesses you. So today as I reflected I not only realized the length of time that it has been since I blogged, but it has been a long time since I saw myself, or my life in a negative light.

In a moment of transparency, I will share, that for many years I struggled to think about myself, the way God thinks about me.

It was a daily fight to the death to look at myself and see what he sees. Now, please do not get me wrong, I still have my fleeting moments. Long days, tough assignments, and life in general can sometimes attempt to rain down a monsoon of negativity. However, I remember a time and a day, where the monsoon would have become my comfort zone. I can remember the day that I would have held fast to every negative thought. I would have added to this tirade of negativity by reminding myself of all that I was not (or thought I was not) instead of all that I was, am and was destined to be.  By living in that place, I was a walking, ticking time bomb. My stinking thinking, was the undercurrent that was secretly at work within me, running my life. This deeply buried, negative thought life, pushed me to constantly seek validation externally. I was completely incapable of seeing as God saw, thinking like God thought, and therefore impeded from living as God promised I could live.

I was my own worst enemy, short changing myself regularly, by paying the valuable currency of attention to my detrimental thoughts.

Today, I write to you from a different perspective, the perspective of a changed mindset. I remember hearing a question and answer that woke me up from this slumber of negativity. This question was: “What is the one thing that you can change, that if you change it, it will change everything?” The answer is: “Your MIND.” EUREAKA! I’d spent the better part of my life reading and rehearsing, as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. I’d convinced others that I believed this. But in my gut, I was as unconvinced of this fact as they come. Besides, I’d tricked myself into compartmentalizing my thought life.

Example: Well I think really good thoughts here, so I am ok and so is my thought life.

Reality: NO! Negativity, wrong thinking is a cancer. If it is in one part of your thought life, it will not be long before it spreads, takes hold and completely debilitates you.  

Today, I am happy to report that it has been a long time since I believed the lies that myself and the enemy told me.

It has been a long time since I allowed a relationship, an event, a place, a station in life to make me see myself as a failure.

Today, I am able  to grab these fleeting thoughts and lead them away into captivity under the obedience of Christ, before they take root. I am able to make clear lines of distinction, such as: I may have failed at something, but I AM not a failure.

I am able to view things like failure, loss, and hurt differently. When you change the way you look at things, the way you look at things change. How do we get to this place? We arrive here, through daily mind renewal. Our minds really are a battlefield. We are attacked here first because all decisive action, good, bad or indifferent was first a thought. If we can master mental change first, we can then execute the change outwardly. Spend time in your word daily. Time with God is ALWAYS time well spent.

Reading what he says about you, being alone in his presence and hearing the creator of the Universe tell you: “You are beautiful.”

“I know ALL about you and I love you anyway.” “I am jealous for you.” ” I know the plans I have for you.” ” You are forgiven.” “You are redeemed.” “You are loved.” “No weapon formed against you shall prosper.” ” My promises to you are YES and amen.” “I will be  with you always, even until the end of the world.” “You are  the standard, that I will lift up, when the enemy comes in like a flood.” ” I gave my son for you, because I am mad about you.” “Nothing can separate you from my love.” ” You are more than a conqueror, everything a conqueror is, you are MORE than that!”

YOWZERS! Talk about a spiritual B12 shot, He infuses you with His thoughts concerning you, and when we meditate in this place, there is NO room for self condemnation, low self-esteem or negative self-talk. Commit to yourself to begin changing your life today, by finding out and embracing what God says about you, internalizing those thoughts/promises, confessing those things over yourself and walking in the victory that will abound.

Philippians 4:8  MSG 8-9 Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.

Peace & Blessings

I love you

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LED digital clock radio with analog AM/FM radio tuning (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Five O’Clock in the morning, and the alarm is blaring. It is so hard to believe how amazingly fast the day dawns. I promise you it feels as though my head just hit the pillow a few moments ago. As I struggle to awaken from my fog, I lazily reach my hand from under the warm covers and smack the snooze button on my alarm clock. Why, do I do this to myself every morning?, I ask myself as I drift back off into the remnants of a sweet slumber. Suddenly I realize that it is a few snooze buttons later, and I am running behind the eight ball. I hurl myself out of bed and dash into my morning routine. Chaos ensues as I begin my morning regimen of  waking my daughter, getting my shower, tidying up my home etc..As we move through our home like greased lightning, trying to catch the pieces of the day that have absconded from us, we begin to get dressed. My daughter while slow to start on waking up, never disappoints with the getting dressed part. She is ready faster than a speeding bullet as she is eleven and really doesn’t care about fashion the way her mother does! LOL!

Finally, I am all dressed and ready to roll. I reach for the keys, grab my bag, and bark to my daughter that she should have had everything together when I issued my 3rd decree to her that  “I would be ready to walk out the door in five minutes.” 🙂

Just as I prepare to take a step out of the door, I hear a still small voice say, “You are not dressed.” Imagine the look on my face, because I am dressed. Pumps, slacks, cute top, great jacket, hair done, earrings-yup I am good and ready to take on the day.”Come On!” I crab out to my daughter, “Let’s move!”

Once again,I hear it “You are not dressed.” I take a deep breath, do one last check to make sure I have everything.

While waiting for my mini-me to gather her items I pull up the You Version bible on my phone, slide across to the scripture of the day and read the following:

Colossians 3:10-14

The Message (MSG)

9-11 Don’t lie to one another. You’re done with that old life. It’s like a filthy set of ill-fitting clothes you’ve stripped off and put in the fire. Now you’re dressed in a new wardrobe. Every item of your new way of life is custom-made by the Creator, with his label on it. All the old fashions are now obsolete. Words like Jewish and non-Jewish, religious and irreligious, insider and outsider, uncivilized and uncouth, slave and free, mean nothing. From now on everyone is defined by Christ, everyone is included in Christ.

12-14 So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.

Once I read that, I felt like I’d been chin-checked into reality. I was dressed to the nines or so I thought, but not really. You see to God, my ensemble was completely incomplete as I had failed to put on LOVE.  I had not paused to pray, acknowledge God for a new day, and I certainly was not walking in his love at this moment. I was hurried in my movements,crotchety in demeanor and short in my speech. I’d failed to clothe myself in this most important piece of designer fashion called LOVE. Love is so important to God, so much so that he says those of us who operate without it;though we prophesy and sing we are as tinkering symbols if we do not have LOVE. WOW! I’d spent the majority of my morning tinkering away. I was operating without my basic all-purpose garment, that I am to NEVER be without.

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Love heart uidaodjsdsew (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When one is dressed up in LOVE, he/she is well dressed for all types of weather conditions visited upon us by life. LOVE is a raincoat for the storm of uncertainty, providing covering for you and those around you when you are not sure where life is taking you. LOVE is a parka, against the blustery winds of offense that seek to blow us out of position with God and into the bondage of unforgiveness.When properly dressed in the LOVE of God we handle others as well as ourselves with care. We cover multitudes of sin, with forgiveness. We throw off telling lies ( and believing them) for the speaking and believing truth. We don’t have too much time to hold grudges, why? Because we realize that could be us, or maybe at some point was us exacting offense and hurt in someone elses life. Someone adorned in love becomes difficult for the enemy to handle, as none of his darts of pain,affliction,bitterness and the like stick to a person who has love as their garment. So tomorrow morning when we rise to greet the day, let us start by acknowledging God, thanking him for a new day and putting on his love. It is a staple piece, an essential all-purpose garment! Dress up in love today and everyday y’all. Blessings

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