Empowerment, Inspiration, life, self growth

The Catch!

the catch

Are you ready for some football! I don’t know about your household, but as a wife and mother of 3 sons, this is a sports house.  One of the favorite sports to watch is football.  My husband and my boys love when football season comes around.  Needless to say by default I’ve become somewhat of a sports fan myself and from time to time will watch a game with them.  One of the things that I find fascinating about football is the relationship between the quarterback and the wide receiver on the field.  They both have to be in tune with one another in order for the pass to be complete.  If the wide receiver isn’t at the location at the precise time the quarterback throws the ball he will miss the catch.

This made me think about opportunities in life.  If we miss “the catch” we can miss our opportunity.  Opportunities for peace, joy, love, new beginnings, healthier living, emotional and spiritual well being and etc. What opportunities have you missed? Are you in-sync with “your quarterback”? My quarterback is my Creator…I must stay in tuned with Him daily in order to receive “my catch”.  Or the question maybe what’s hindering you from missing the catch? Is it bad relationships, unforgiveness to self or others, denial of past hurts and wounds, unaddressed emotions, fear of change or fear of rejection?

In order for the wide receiver to be at the right location to receive the ball he has to run, push and fight through defenses attempting to stop him.  He must maneuver, right and left, all the while with his eyes focus on his destination.  I think there is a life lesson to learn from the wide receiver.  In order to catch the opportunities of life we must RUN PUSH & FIGHT through adversities to make “OUR TOUCHDOWN”!

DON’T MISS “THE CATCH”!

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Empowerment, Encouragement, life, Motivation, self growth

My Journey to 40

As I reflect on reaching my 40th year of life, I’m filled with so many emotions. This weekend we laid to rest my family’s dear friend and brother. I’m inspired by the life he lived. I’ve always been a person who is dedicated to serving others but I’m even more committed to taking a life of service to another level. We must not loose sight of our purpose. Everyone serves a purpose greater than themselves.  

I spent my 20’s not knowing who the heck I was. Lost and confuse I blended into the crowd to be and stay “liked”. I choose wrong relationships thinking I could “change” them and choose friendships based on others needs ignoring or not even recognizing what my needs were…I then spent my 30’s beating myself up for the poor choices I made in my 20’s…

By mid 30’s the light clicks and truths about myself are realized…with each passing year more and more truths…like peeling an onion with each layer being removed I began to see me…with each layer unfolding I experienced growth…Clarity begins to form and you realize your value and purpose.   

I’m so grateful for the journey, the cuts, bruises, bumps and storms every experience has made me stronger and wiser…

As Iyanla Vanzant would say…”Do the work that makes you whole”…well, I’ve done the hard work and now I’m whole…loved and forgiven…comfortable in the skin I’m in…free at last…a new journey begins…this is my 40!!! 

  

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Encouragement, Inspiration

Struggle

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What is a struggle? How do you define it? Is it when your car door is jammed and you “struggle” to pry it open? Is it when you “struggle” to get a new born fussy baby to calm down and go to sleep? Is a “struggle” a debate to get your point across? My definition of struggle has changed throughout the years.  I now recognize struggle as a continuum process. I see it as part of the number line….it goes up…it goes down.

Life on this earth is a struggle.  Some days are worse than the others.  You may not experience it all the time but at some point struggle reveals itself and reminds us it never went anywhere.  For the past 11 years my family has encountered struggles.  During my childhood, teenage and college years I struggled.  As I write this message I’m struggling.  It’s hard to press through during a struggle.  It’s hard to gather strength to stay strong.

On September 3, 2015 my family received tragic news that forever changed our life.  My husband lost his dearest friend; a brother from another mother over 35 years of friendship.  We have watched each other’s children grow, his wife and children are family and our hearts extremely hurt for them.  An entire lifetime of friendship and brotherhood…the pain runs deep.  You enter the struggle…but how do you deal with struggle upon struggle upon struggle?  When your struggle gets super sized what do you do?

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I don’t think there’s this fairly tale answer to the question.  There’s no perfect remedy to wipe it all away no instant fixes.  What I do believe is that life’s journey is about accepting, tolerating and embracing being comfortable with uncomfortable.  Struggles will come and go through out our life here on this planet.  We have to become content, during a struggle, coming out of a struggle, going into a struggle and when struggles are at bay.  Acceptance of struggles is an acceptance of life’s journey.

I don’t know where you are on the continuum of struggle…don’t know where you fall on the struggle number line but wherever you may be know this:

  • God is not slack concerning His promises…
  • Hold on and keep trusting
  • Keep believing
  • It’s okay to get messy with your emotions (emotions are a part of us and owning our emotions is a part of wellness)
  • Your strongest weapon is your hope and faith. It is not our destiny to struggle on this earth and then die…that’s not how the story I believe ends. Yes death is inevitable on this earth but I believe we have been promise a new earth.  I believe in a new earth where there will be no more death and sorrow no more fears no more struggle.

This is our hope my friends!   Do not give up on this life’s journey; don’t throw in the towel just yet!  Be encouraged on these things and encourage one another as well. Cry if you need to, yell out in anguish if your must but also pray and praise your way through for the best is yet to come!

struggle

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Inspiration, poetry

I receive the blessing!

blessed

It’s a new day!

If the sun is shining or it’s pouring raining

It’s a new day!

I woke up in my right mind and feeling just fine

Clothes on my back and food on my table

I believe in God and I know He’s able

Don’t have everything I want and sometimes lack material needs

But I’m blessed to have the free things indeed

Love, joy, peace and forgiveness

Family and friends who love me

A purpose driven life

I think I’m doing alright

On my good days and on my bad

Rather I’m sad or glad

I keep my head up and think on these things

That I have blessings all around me to receive

blessings

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