Once upon a time there was a boy/girl. His/her name was _______. They were born, lived a life, made choices along the way- some good, some ingenious and others not so much. Disappointment came and distroyed pieces of that life along with fear, guilt, shame and dispair. Then one day, while on this journey came JOYFULLNESS. What is this creature? One has not experienced this thing called joyfullness. What does it mean? Confusion set in as to, "Do I deserve to be happy?" or "Shall I forver be riddled with the guilt, shame, fear, etc. and be punished for this life I am living?" The answer does not come in the chaos. The answer simply does not appear. It comes in those quiet moments of prayer and/or meditation where you connect and gain insight from the Divine by simply letting go, letting God and listening to the messages from within. You must seek and you will find. The answer is always within and that answer from within is of God. We are created in His likeness and given the tools to live life, solve problems and deal with issues. When those answers are unclear, we pray, we are still and in those moments we find God's answer. Our answer. THE Answer!
Sound familiar? Is this you? Is this your life? This WAS mine. One day I woke up and I decided...NO MORE! With fists pumped in the air in a rebellious tyrade. NO MORE! I will feel no guilt, no shame, for things in my past that others attempted to hold over me and gain fuel for their fire in my dispair. NO MORE! will I rely on only myself to get me through life. For me I needed something more. Divine intervention! I put my trust in someone other than myself or my spouse or family because in the past I had been let down (although this spouse is off the charts in the compassion dept. compared to the ex-husband). I needed something I could count on. And there it was. One day, the day before we went to court in the custody battle, while in my bathtub, there it was. Larger than life. This great blue light flooded my whole apartment, my whole bathroom, my whole being. There it was...my answer to my question. Are you there God?
I put my faith in God. Because others had let me down and I had let myself down. And you know what? Life is good! Life is better than good! THIS IS THE BEST YEAR EVER UP TO THIS POINT IN TIME. THERE IS GOLD DUST IN THE AIR!!! Some of you will know where that came from and others will think I have completely lost my marbles. NO...no I lost all of those a long time ago. I am hear today and in every way rejoicing in the fact that I know God and life is GOOD!
I finally feel like life has order. If any of you read the EMOTIONAL DETOX EDUCATION BLOG from my lesson plans that I posted a few months ago, you know that in honoring life you must have order. And I am honoring my life by living my words and living God's word and it feels good.
AFFIRMATION FOR ORDER
Order is God's grace.
Where I am is where I need to be in order to learn or remember.
Order begins in the spirit and flows to the mind.
Order flows from preparation.
My thoughts are ordered by the Divine.
My steps are ordered by the Divine.
My life is ordered by my CHOICES.
I made choices in my life. We all have. Whether good or bad, we all have to live with them and our life is ordered by them. Just as if we wee to order from a menu and chose what we would like to eat. We order up our lives through our choices and our decisions by placing that order within the Divine and living with either a great 4 course meal set before us or a bad taste in our mouths and indigestion later.
So I chose to be joyful and make a joyful noise and be glad for my Savior! I chose to be happy now and life live as it was meant to be lived. After all if I took all of life too seriously I would be miserable. And even so, we might as well live this life well and just have fun because where does taking it too seriously get us? None of us get out of this life alive, right? So LIVE!!! And be joyful!
JOY- Joy is a state of being. Happiness is a demonstration or expression reliant on a series of events that may or may nor occur. (Remember: Be happy NOW-not WHEN...) Joy is emotional stimulation in response to spiritual inspiration. Happiness is a mental inspiration in response to physical stimulation. Joy lasts. Happiness tends to come and go. Joy is KNOWING that everything is okay right now. Happiness is HOPING that it will be soon. Joy is the ability to recognize truth. Happiness is trying to figure out true from false. When you figure it out, you're happy. So know instead of hope. Be joyful, NOW and not WHEN.
Be joyful and be glad. Make noise! Let the world know you are hear and alive and IF you know God, praise and be glad!
This time of year we celebrate the birth of Christ. Instead of relying on New Years Resolutions for your time to make changes in your life, make now a time for your re-birth and become the you that you long to be.
Waste not, want not. Time is of the essense. Let no stone go unturned. Let no one tell you - you can't. LIVE....LIVE..LIVE....some of youbelieve you get another chance at life after this one. What we do now in this life matters in all lives. The ones here with whom we have relationships with and the lives after this one, for where we may have to re-do things from this life that we did not do so well. But if this is the only life we get, shouldn't we make it worth living?
If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW
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