Day 1 #IAmAffirmations2019 I am… #strong because I am weak. I am strong because I have learned the art of surrender. It has been in my darkest & weakest moments that I have learned to fully surrender my every thought, my every emotion, my every cell to the source that flows with infinite Love, Grace & Truth.
It is here in the stillness & silence that I tap into the most miraculous energy of strength one can imagine. It is here I tap into prana.... life force energy... Holy Spirit....RESURECTION POWER. It is strength and power beyond our wildest dreams. It is the same force that raised Jesus from the dead. The same force that Jesus used to heal the blind & raise the dead. "...I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know—God knows. And I know that this man.... was caught up to paradise and heard inexpressible things, things that no one is permitted to tell... I will boast about a man like that, but I will not boast about myself, except about my weaknesses. Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say, or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong." 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 NIV
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My momma + I had this conversation this morning. //
I STILL, to this day, three years after my first encounter with the Lord...I STILL struggle with the simple fact that the Lord loves us just as we are. //
My whole life I’ve lived into the belief that we get rewarded based on performance. I don’t know where it came from, it really doesn’t matter, but every decision I’ve made was based on that belief. I thrive on recognition + praise - which in itself is not a bad thing, personalities are different, but when it becomes the sole reason why you act, it becomes a problem. Not to mention it’s a shrewd way to live your entire life...
Turns out I’ve let this limiting belief into my relationship with God, and it is SO.NOT.TRUE. //
You could do absolutely nothing more with your entire life, and God will still love you. He still chose you first. You could fail at absolutely everything you try to do for the rest of your life, and God will still love you. He still chose you. //
He doesn’t love you because of the amazing things you’ve done in your life. He loves you because He created you + set you apart. He loves you because you’re you. The end. //
Pure Love. ♥️ //
Btw: you need to run - not walk - RUN to the store + get this kombucha from @gtskombucha. Hands down the best kombucha I’ve ever had, and I adore LOTS of kombucha. ♥️
“The love we have seen in Jesus Christ who died for us has led us to repentance over our hardness, selfishness and pride, so that we can also be along in the ministry of reconciliation—not reckoning people’s trespasses to them, not keeping a record of wrongs and constantly going through this record in our mind—but showing people how blessed it is to love one another as Christ loved us.”
A couple months ago, I heard some news that didn’t sit well with me and to myself I thought man someone should help them out! Well, wrong thing to say when you have affirmations every morning and you have invited the Holy Spirit to “use you to be a blessing!” Be careful what you say!!! No joke, just as soon as the thought came, the answer followed, “what’s wrong with you, can’t you help? Didn’t you ask to be a blessing today?” 😱😆
My immediate response was an excuse, “well I am sure they will be fine, they don’t seem like they REALLY need it!” Then I got, “if I asked someone to bless you, do you want them to also assume they know your situation based off limited knowledge OR what I know you need and have been praying for in private??!!”
Yikessss!!!!! Talk about a gut punch. You see, every blessing I have been given wasn’t always “needed” nor was it “deserved.” My immediate response, I am not proud of, but I did obey and what a lesson! When we ask God to use us, we don’t get to pick and choose when He knows best. Our job, is to just to obey and show love to a world that so desperately needs it. Don’t always assume you know, but trust Him to lead you! You will NEVER out give God. .
At 2AM, when I began hysterically sobbing, writhing in uncontrollable knee pain, unable to flex or extend my leg at all, John Baker, woke, came to my side of the bed, gently massaged my knee, elevated my leg, placed a new ice pack, forced me to take some meds and said, “When did this start hurting….?” “…at 18 miles” I weeped. He quickly and sternly said “WHY DIDN’T YOU STOP?” ……for me stopping was not an option. The men who gave their lives had no option - they served, knowing the risks involved. I too knew that there was going to be pain.
….The pain in my knee is gone - gone - GONE - within 24 hours of finishing the event. The psychological pain that I would have endured FOREVER for not honoring all of these men would be excruciating. This parallels, in my thoughts, the enduring pain that these Gold Star families must feel at the loss of their loved one. We MUST remember, for their pain is excruciating and we can ALL do SOMETHING to support them as each of you did me. *
I love the thought that we are all faced with a series of great opportunities, brilliantly disguised as impossible situations. Really the question should be, is it worth trying to do, not can it be done. Take aways that I would like to impart on you…..don’t let the fear of the time it will take to do something stand in your way of doing it. Time will pass anyway and none who ever did their BEST regretted it. While I may not have finished as quickly as I had hoped, I will never REGRET the time that passed and the men that I honored.
Isaiah 40:31, Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on the wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
I read an incredible book last week...
“Your angels are beings from the angelic creation, not earth, that were created to bring God’s love to humanity and produce miracles to make it possible to feel the love of God. Your guides are unseen helpers who have a specific connection to the earth, often due to their having lived on the earth and achieving a specific mastery. They come to help you with your progress by instructing you in your meditations and dream-times and support you as you seek wisdom, balancing, and heart opening.” - Waking Up In 5D
Make a clear intention as you drift off to sleep, such as this:
Dear God, Angels, and Guides, I request to attend the most evolved place I may move to with my consciousness, for the purpose of clarity about my mission, my purpose , and service. Let me learn and understand better what I need ( to know, learn, and be) to achieve my fullest potential. Assist me in any upgrades that may be possible. Thank you , Amen. - Waking Up In 5D
When I get overwhelmed I put myself first. I think I am the top of the mountain. I forget to look down and think "woah, look at everything else there is in this world! It could be worse and it could be better, but look at this. I'm here and I'm alive." I just need to breathe.
How do you deal with overwhelm in your life? .
This week has been s l o w w w w. And as I was sitting here reveling on that fact this morning, I realized that it’s the first time that time has felt slow in a very very very long time. //
I’ve been getting more done. I’ve been doing more during the day. Staying up later working. //
I prayed for the Lord to stretch my time, + allow for me to do more with it...I’m not sure why I’m so surprised when I feel Him answer. //
I know the day will come where I feel that time is moving too quickly again. And I’m sure I will pray the very same prayer. But for today, I’m choosing to soak up the slowness. //
I choose gratitude for the extra time + all the good that I’m choosing to do with it. 🙏🏼 //
Take a minute to slow down. I promise, it will refresh your soul. ♥️
Spiritual Intelligence simply means having an awareness but most importantly an understanding of the invisible world... of the things of God and of unseen forces beyond the physical realm. That realm controls this physical one. You become a thousand steps ahead of others who have no understanding. You seem wise because you know what the times and the season are... And you understand them.
But the natural, nonspiritual man does not accept or welcome or admit into his heart the gifts and teachings and revelations of the Spirit of God, for they are folly (meaningless nonsense) to him; and he is incapable of knowing them [of progressively recognizing, understanding, and becoming better acquainted with them] because they are spiritually discerned and estimated and appreciated. But the spiritual man tries all things [he examines, investigates, inquires into, questions, and discerns all things], yet is himself to be put on trial and judged by no one [he can read the meaning of everything, but no one can properly discern or appraise or get an insight into him].
~Saul of Tarsus
(In his first letter to the Corinthians - AMPC))
I'm giving up control. I'm here for a higher purpose than to gain anything for myself. My purpose is to show the love of Christ; the very reason I wake up each morning is evidence of God wanting to do His work through me. Each day is a gift from God, I am giving Him all of me. 2019 is a year of significance: less of me, more of Him.
If I have Jesus, I have all I need.
WHAT TO FALL BACK ON: Jesus said, "Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own." Luke 12:15