Years before when I had faced similar tragedies alone, I always found comfort in my suffrage through prayer. Upon arrival back in this space again… well not really arriving, I had been here for years now… back at it again and my passion was dying out of me quickly. I knew no other recourse of action than prayer, so I set out on a journey that frightened me immensely. I took a path that I knew was sure to get me out of my tragedy despite the turmoil of it all. I took a special course of action that I knew came with guaranteed results. Though I did not know what the results would be, I knew I would be happier finding myself over on that side of life versus remaining stuck in the smut I was already in. So! I tried.
I can’t believe it’s been that many years ago since I first started journaling my prayers. I can’t believe it’s been that many years ago since I needed God with an urgency like I did back then. I can’t believe it’s been that many years ago since God changed my life for good.
That Many Years Ago.
It has been that many years ago.
Here I am now, doing it again…
During a heavy prayer session about a month ago, God relayed to me that I have been a stronghold in my relationship.
Let’s just stop here.
That blew my MIND!!!!
I was sooo very thoroughly blown away that I just sat there for a while and wept. My heart was SOOOO broken! Never would I have thought that my own actions (or even lack of action in some cases) were the cause of such MAJOR chaos in my life.
So many times, we find ourselves at the center of things that we pray against and we have no understanding as to why these things will not be removed from us. WOW! My mind was blown! It wasn’t until that moment that I realized that I… me, myself… I was the reason why my own prayers were not being answered! Talk about breakthrough?!!! I was BROKEN!!! I was the brokenness that was causing MAJORly disruptive, REPEAT patterns in my life. My my my!
Never would I have EVER connected those very distinct dots. I was praying in an area very heavily for years and causing myself so much agony in the process simply because I did not realize that it was my own actions that caused and KEPT the ruckus going in the first place. WOW!
Why is this so major??? BECAUSE I DID NOT KNOW!!!
How many of us would continue a pattern which perpetuates the exact thing you’re praying against??? Uhhhh… likely NO ONE! That means it is VERY important to be VERY mindful of how YOU are impacting all sides of your life at all times. We don’t realize even in our “innocent” practices that we firmly PLANT ourselves in the way of POWERFUL breakthroughs. The question now is, once you realize this…
Will You Get Out of the Way??
Some of us still won’t!
Personally, I don’t have that type of time. I need to move FAST! GET OUT THE WAY!!!!!!!!!!!! I want my breakthrough to come and come QUICKLY! I have little time to remain in dank, dark, DUSTY places. My happiness just canNOT be set up like that!!! Seriously!
This entire awareness has kept me in a present awareness of my understanding (and acceptance) of strongholds. It has placed me in a mindset to be knowledgeable of their existence and the posture needed to combat them. Along the way, I also have an increased spiritual awareness of the presence of strongholds in the lives of others. THIS… has been interesting. I can literally FEEL it.
I am very grateful for the knowledge of strongholds and the growth therein. I seem to have existed in a THRONG of spiritual naivete for a lifetime. Seems that God is consistently removing that space of comfort and aiding me along the way as I encounter things I have never faced prior to now.
STRONGHOLDS. What Are They? How Do I Combat Them?
Here, you will find the results of a search I recently did to answer the questions I had. Click on the links and inform yourselves. Then, come back and share your thoughts in the comments section!
I am learning to be grateful for all that you have blessed me with. I don’t always arrive, but Lord, I am trying.
I am learning to be grateful for all you protect me from, and though I’m not always understanding, Lord, I am trying.
God, I am trying to find rest in all that you have promised, and Lord … you know I’m not the most patient, but Lord, I am trying.
Lord, I doubt myself. I doubt me very often. I doubt my power. I doubt my strength, and even with all my faith in you, somehow I am still banking on me. Somehow I am still “faithing it” on what I bring.
[Be still and KNOW I AM God! 11:45pm]
God, you are amazing. My truth. My strength. My strong tower. You keep me, and for that, I thank you. God, you bless me, and for that, I thank you. You are the lifter of my head, and for that, I love you. Thank you for being amazing, for keeping me, for lifting me up, for loving me.
God, these lessons you have taught have been wonderful and I am truly grateful. You blessed me!
ATTACK the Track!
I was running yesterday thinking about how we sometimes get mentally fatigued… Our bodies and spirits can STILL withstand some “pain”, but mentally, we’ve faded. Attack the Track!
On particular paths, (perhaps a “repeat” path in life (and on a track)], our supposed fatigue is based upon our knowledge of a situation, past experience or future expectation (i.e. we THINK it’s going to be difficult, so… we essentially MAKE it difficult). Attack the Track!
I then thought about how God builds our muscle…. Mountains, valleys, mountain, terrain, valley… He works us OWT so that our responses should be different. We shouldn’t be fatigued by what we’re familiar with. We shouldn’t be fazed by paths we’ve already taken. We shouldn’t mentally expect to be lifeless because our muscle has been built up, which means… we should take our new ENERGIES to new levels!!!
There are entirely too many of us who have come to depending all too much on human confirmation of spiritual information. We are looking for signs and wonders to edify words, direction and promises that we have personally been given by God. Why does God have to continually prove himself to you for you to make a decision OR for you to take the first step when the fact that you even had the thought in the first place—as directed by Him—is ENOUGH! Since when does God have to “confirm” what He already sent?
“THUS saith The LORD!”
“And it IS written…”
WELCOME TO… #TheBrandBand!!!
I am having SO much fun with the passionate, PURPOSE-driven group of entrepreneurs that composes #TheBrandBand!!!
Everyone is learning so much about themselves and others. It’s GREAT to see an idea come to fruition—not just mine regarding #TheBrandBand but THEIRS regarding their own businesses!!! I get to sow into them, cultivate what’s been given and watch them GROW!!! As they grow, I grow!!! It’s a VERY wonderful thing, and… THIS IS SO EXCITING to be a part of!!! From the outside, looking in, I am simply humbled by the POWER of such a course and the DREAMS that are coming true right in front of my very own eyes!!!! Simply Amazing to watch!!!
Here’s a pic that I stopped on while troubleshooting with one of the learners. I laughed when I saw it because as I teach these image / market / business courses, this is a near-perfect representation of my image, matched with my market which has thusly composed my business! It illustrates no-nonsense purpose-driven leaders who ABIDE by the motto: DON’T STOP!!! GET IT! GET IT!!!
You may have been unaware, but I am releasing my FIRST book soon!!! The book of daily affirmations is scheduled for release at the end of 2014! We are currently finalizing a few of the chapters while simultaneously proofing, editing and rewriting the completed chapters. In November, we finalize book design and kick off our marketing efforts. I will keep you posted on the progress, so stayed tuned to my blog!
I received a GREAT Question from an aspiring life coach in my inbox this morning:
“I’ve always wanted to ask you…
What was the final push that made you want to be a Life Coach and speak in front of people?”
As I am sure many of you have the same types of questions for me, I decided to share the insight. Read through the conversation, and continue to ask me whatever questions come to mind! ENJOY!
The previous two entries discussed the 1st Annual Jacksonville Women in Business Expo. Both lead up to how I was able to COMMAND the attention of my audience in such a way that I was nearly intimidated by the SUCCESS of my very unorthodox approach!!! Want to know what I did??!!!
How did I COMMAND the attention of my audience?!
I simply asked my audience to LISTEN
(and I also requested that they ask their neighbors to do the same)!
Talk about audience participation! WOW! That approach blew my socks off! You wannna know why???