Monday Motivation: Spoken Words


Happy Monday y’all! For the month on December I am going back to basics and providing you with motivational blog posts each week. The topic for today’s Monday Motivation is “Spoken Words”

Word (noun):

A brief remark or conversation; something that is said (Merriam-Webster, 2018)

I remember it like it was yesterday. My guidance counselor said to me “With your ACT/SAT test scores you will only get accepted into a community college.” Those words hurt me. I thought to myself, but “I’m an honor roll student, I’m enrolled in honors courses, and she has the nerve to tell me my test scores will only get me into a community college.” Who does she think she is……….

It wasn’t until I was going through my checked baggage I realized that was one of many seeds that reinforced the stronghold of inadequacies I  possessed. I gave power to those “spoken words”. For years, I lived my life trying to prove to people that I was good enough because of things that were said to me.

How many times has what someone said to you made you feel some type of way? What have you said to others that may have discouraged them? 

Be mindful of your spoken words………….

 

3 Ways To Nourish Your Vision

The Monday Motivation message highlights 3 Ways To Nourish Your Vision. The 3 ways were:

  1. Get new knowledge (Proverbs 19:2)
  2. Develop better habits (Proverbs 24:30-31)
  3. Surround yourself with likeminded people (Proverbs 11:14)

**In you spare time, review the scriptures that are associated with the 3 Ways To Nourish Your Vision**

There were times when my soil was not fertile enough to yield my vision. I was not willing to put in the time to cultivate the skills needed to endure the changing seasons. I wanted instant gratification. If you read the book “The Wait”, you know all about instant gratification. I have come to realize that if I just take the time to nourish the soil (vision) I was given, I will eventually reap a harvest of endurance, perseverance, patience, self-control, peace, and much more!

God has a purpose and plan for you. He planted seeds, known as skills, in each of us! How you nourish those seeds is up to you! Will you wither, or will you provide sufficient nutrients to nourish your vision and blossom into the man or woman you were destined to be?

The choice is yours………………..

 

 

Monday Motivation: Don’t Get Held Back, Master The Lesson

 

“Count it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, when you face trials of many kinds, because you know the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance do its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously without finding fault.”

James 1:2-5 (NIV)

This verse has been showing up and out in my life recently! God is clearly trying to tell me something! I am surrounded by hearers, teachers, and doers of the word. I’m grateful for the many divine appointments that I have had with my spiritual advisory board, but what they can’t do is learn my life lessons for me.

I don’t like tests, trials, obstacles, or whatever you want to call it. I’m just being honest. I get nervous. I can’t think straight. I feel helpless.

That’s why I got held back. I didn’t learn the lesson.

Our educational curriculums contain skill sets and core competencies that one must master in order to get promoted to next level. I remember at the end of the school year I couldn’t wait to see that check mark next to “PROMOTED” on my report card. I would jump for joy. I couldn’t say the same for my walk with God though.

I got held back because I didn’t master the lessons during my trial. I get it now. God was trying to show me my areas of improvement, but I was not “counting it all joy”. I would say things like:

Why me? I’m a good person.

Seems like every time I get ahead, something always comes up.

What did I do to deserve this?

It’s no fair

Not again!  

What’s wrong with me?

Sound familiar? James 1:2-5 was the scripture for bible study at my church two weeks ago. I am still learning to look at my trials in a new way. It’s tough. The difference is now I understand why trials and tests occur. I am praying for wisdom to respond the right way.

God is testing his product (me) to ensure that I am fit for duty (what he has in store) before he promotes me.

So, are you mastering your lessons or are you being held back?

3 Things to Consider:

  • Trials are the training grounds for success (not just monetary)
  • Enduring the trial will yield: growth, maturity, a firm foundation, help build your faith muscle, a testimony to help someone else get through
  • Trials will come, just like rain. Remember you’re covered!

I wish you all a productive and prosperous week!

Reference

Life Application Study Bible Copyright 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1996, 2004, 2005, 2007 by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. Carol Stream, IL 60188. All Rights Reserved.

 

Monday Motivation: Trust

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight”

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust: firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something

Trust, I used to laugh when someone would say the words “TRUST ME”. Experience has a way of changing one’s perspective and perception of others. My lens (my eyes) were blurred when it came to trust. The negative experiences with those I “trusted” prompted the development of a defense mechanism, “GUARDED, KEEP OUT”.

Over time my trust issues began to affect all areas of my life. I would expect the worst so I wouldn’t be disappointed. Ya’ll (yes I said ya’ll), it was so bad, I didn’t trust God. I couldn’t fathom the thought of surrendering or releasing control. I didn’t TRUST God’s ability because so many people disappointed me. I would pray, but when I didn’t get the answer fast enough I would take matters into my own hands.

How not trusting affect my growth?

  1. Spiritually stuck
  2. Unhealthy defense mechanism
  3. Burned bridges
  4. Lack of patience
  5. Lack of faith
  6. Questioned myself

Then it hit me, there were several instances I recalled where God kept me! Mistrust had a way of revealing truths I was scared to face. FEAR, REJECTION, AND MANY OTHER THINGS.

So, how did I learn to trust again?

  1. Identified the root cause of my trust issues, and why I distanced myself from others.
  2. Recognized that it’s not the end of the world when trust is broken. It was how I rebuilt that mattered.
  3. I learned to let God be God and stop interfering with his work.
  4. I learned to forgive. The baggage had to go.

The process was tough but it was worth it! How did you deal with trust issues? How could trust issues play a role in goals that you are trying to achieve? Feel free to comment.

 

 

Moving Forward With Clear Vision

“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 3:14 (NIV)

It was my way or the highway. Welp, that didn’t get me very far! I was at a point in my life where I felt that with all the mistakes I made, how could God want anything to do with me. How could God love me? I wrestled with this for years! 

When I began to spend quality time with God, I wasn’t consistent (just being honest), there was a peace that came with reading the bible. I began to listen to sermons by Dr. Myles Monroe. That made me want to know God more! I developed an appetite to get know who God is, and who I am. I am no where near perfect. God is taking my imperfections and shaking, pruning, and molding me into the woman he needs me to be. 

I press toward the goal of becoming a WHOLE woman. I am fearfully and wonderfully made. I am moving forward! Will you move forward with me? Work through the issues of your past, and let go so that they don’t impact your presence in the present, and inhibit your future. 

God has called you to be more and do more! We must be willing to endure the training required for the ultimate prize! 

 

Scriptures and definitions taken from Life Application Bible ©  1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993,1996,2004,2005,2007 by Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, IL 60188. All rights reserved.

Blurred Vision Part 4: No Plan

Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lords purpose that prevails.

-Proverbs 19:21 (NIV)

Plan:

 A scheme for making or doing something

We are not here by accident. Our purpose was predetermined before we made our world debut! God has a plan for your life. How amazing is that! How do I know? I had blurred vision because I was so busy trying to be what everyone else thought I should be instead of who God created me to be. I had no plan, so I was pursuing what everyone said I should be. Can we say DISTRACTED!

I left my purposeful path and found myself confused and lost. I was exactly where God needed me to be. Now it took some years for me to realize what I was created to do, but now that I have discovered it, I am creating a strategic action plan to fulfill it!

So what’s your plan? Don’t have one, NO WORRIES. Click below to access the Visionary Plan For Success. I created this plan after constructing my vision board. I pray that as you write your vision, that God orders your steps and aligns those who are suited for your purpose along the way! Today you take the first step toward your purposeful path!

Visionary Action Plan For Success

Scriptures and definitions taken from Life Application Bible ©  1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993,1996,2004,2005,2007 by Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, IL 60188. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blurred Vision Part 3: The Company You Keep

“Do not be misled. Bad company corrupts good character. Come back to your senses as you ought and stop sinning for there are some who are ignorant of God. I say this to your shame”

1 Corinthians 15:33-34

Bad Company:

A group of persons/individuals unsuited for your purpose

Some say that you are known by the company you keep. I remember when I wanted to fit in with the popular peeps at school. I was an outsider, but I desired friends. Welp, my mother met those friends, and told me I shouldn’t hang around them. Did I listen? Does any teenager? Lol. I found myself hurt because I tried to mold myself in the image of someone else so that I could “fit in” their group. I was in bad company.

Along our path of life we will encounter many people. Some good, some bad. We have a choice regarding who we surround ourselves with, and who we allow to pour into us. Make sure those who are along for the ride are passengers supporting the direction that God is taking you and not distracting you!

Click below to access the Blurred Vision Part 3 Worksheet:

Blurred Vision Part 3 Worksheet

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Blurred Vision Part 2: Broken and Bruised. Can I Still Be Used?

“He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds”

Psalm 147:3

Broken:

Having been fractured or damaged and no longer in one piece or working order

I remember it like it was yesterday. December 2012, I sat in the pew at church just staring into space. Wondering how no one couldn’t see the struggle that was going on inside of me. Does God love me? How can he care when I have done wrong? If they didn’t want me, how could God want or love me?..BROKEN..I reached a point where I was at a cross roads. I could have suffered in silence and given Satan what he wanted, but I chose to turn to and believe God. It has been an ongoing process of mending my broken pieces.

Life is journey and we never know what lies ahead. The experiences we encounter leave an impression on us good and bad. Impressions are ideas, feelings, or opinions about something or someone, especially formed without conscious thought or on the basis of little evidence. I was picked on at times and didn’t feel good enough.

I didn’t realize God left an impression on me. He said in Psalm 34:18 that “he is near to the broken hearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” Put your broken heart into the hands of the only one who can mend the creation he so carefully crafted.

Click below to access Blurred Vision Part 2 Worksheet

Blurred Vision Week 2 Worksheet

My sincerest apologies for missing the Worksheet check in date. This Saturday, July 14, 2018 @ 8:00AM! I will be going live on Facebook and Instagram. I will go over Worksheets 1 & 2. Please forgive me!

 

Blurred Vision Part : I’ve Fallen And I Can’t Get Up

“The Lord directs the steps of the godly, He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, the will never fall, for the Lord holds them”

Psalm 37: 23-24

Fall (verb):move downward, typically rapidly and freely without control, from a higher to a lower level; lose one’s balance and collapse.

You’ve fallen, and you feel that you can’t get up! I know. I have been there and at times have to remind myself to choose to stand. The difference in my mentality then and my mentality now, is that I depend on God to get me through when I feel I have reached the point where I can’t go on any longer.

I fall. Down on my knees. There are three things that I realized I had to do when I realized I fell into the ditch of despair:

  • Recognize the common denominators that kept me in the same cycles– We are all creatures of habit. We have healthy and unhealthy habits. What unhealthy habits, or common denominators, have you been recycling? These common denominators make us specialists in waste management when they are not identified.
  • Have open heart surgery-I exposed my vulnerabilities to God. Yep, the good, bad, and down right ugly. I had to ask myself, GINA WHAT’S REALLY GOOD? Pride was one of the things I had to deal with amongst many other things! Once I did this, I began to heal the right way. I am still healing and becoming whole!
  • Got to know who I am and whose I was– I asked myself questions like, who am I? What do I like/dislike?, What do I want to do with my life?, What are some good traits that I have?, What are some things and areas that I need to improve in?, What does God say about me? Why do I care about what others think of me?….This was just a start! Lol

These things helped me identify why I had blurred vision! My ability to see where God was taking me was distorted due to distractions and realizing that I was holding on to things that had no benefit to me. Now I am determined to stand, because I know that with God I will not fall!

This month we will explore blurred vison. Click the link and complete the worksheet below! I will check in with you all on Friday via social media (IG Live & Facebook Live)

Blurred Vision Part 1 Worksheet

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WTV Monday Motivation: Go Confidently In The Direction of Your Dreams………………….

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams, live the life you have imagined” -Harry David Thoreau

Confidently: in a self assured way that expresses faith in oneself or one’s abilities or qualities

It’s Sunday, and 7:02AM. I was awakened out the slumbers of sleep around 5:00AM. I spent some quality time with God, and decided to blog for the WTV Monday Motivation. I haven’t blogged in while because I got distracted, but that’s a different story……

For some reason, the quote by Thoreau has been on my mind.  As you start your work week, remember each day is an opportunity for you to go confidently in the direction of your dreams. You have the abilities and qualities to make your dreams come true.

Three Reasons to Go Confidently In The Direction of Your Dreams:

  1. You have a plan, just keep executing – Galatians 6:9 states, “Let us not become weary in doing good for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up“.  Reaping means, to obtain as a result of effort. You may not see the results right away. Continue to work hard, stay determined, disciplined and dedicated to see the process through. In due time, you will see the results of your actions, and effort. Sometimes plans change. That’s okay. Adapt and adjust. There is more than one way to achieve a goal.
  2. You have the skills, abilities, and resources available to help you – That’s right! You have it all inside and you have to tap into it! If you feel you don’t have the skills, knowledge, and ability there are opportunities all around you to help you acquire them.
  3. Others are waiting on you – There is someone who is in need of what was planted in you to provide.

Many people tell me that I am going to do great things. I used to say to myself ,”man I wish I could see myself the way they see me”. I wasn’t confident in my abilities or qualities because I was comparing myself to other people. NOT ANYMORE! I’m a limited edition, just like you. I have different perspectives, knowledge, skills, and abilities. I am finally learning to accept the pretty dope woman I am, inside and out. I’m still growing. Not perfect. Never will be; however, I will make each day count by going confidently in the direction of my dreams and I hope you do too!