When Opportunity knocks

There are opportunities that show up in life on occasion. Be alert, seize the day and be prepared to take advantage of those missed possibilities. See God’s vision for a life full of abundance. Take charge and trust in God to point the way. Challenges will only light your way to truth and new found wisdom.

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When opportunity knocks, open the door and invite it into your life. Take advantage of what is presented to you as a gift from God above.

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to  you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. “

Matthew 7:7-8

Time to Declutter your life

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When I started the new year, I made a decision to get rid of some of the cobwebs which clutter my life. Clutter comes in many forms and can affect you personally, emotionally as well as physically. Mental clutter with all the emails, social media sites, and job related responsibilities on the computer is reshaping the way we think day-to-day.

Living as somewhat of a minimalist, I try to keep my things relatively in order. While searching my mind and observing some of my possessions, I realized I needed to detox my brain, declutter, and de-stress from all the things I’ve gathered over the years. Keeping too much stuff around blocks your ability to move forward and become more creative.

I have books and old magazines I’ve never read, boots I thought were cute when I found them on sale, paperwork which needs to be tossed, and clothing which I will donate to those in need. On a mental note, there are always bits and pieces of information we hold dear, the to do’s, which keeps circling in our minds that we never seem to complete. It’s time to declutter your life.

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Sorting through this process can be a monumental task at times. You can be owned by your possessions if you let them get out of control. I always think I’m going to have more than enough time to do much more than I’m physically capable of accomplishing. When I feel the impact of not getting it all done, it’s so easy to surrender. Remember, there is always a bit of interference as you go from day-to-day because clutter in whatever form it takes competes for your attention.images

When your mind is cluttered, it will create a negative impact on your ability to focus in a positive way. Your creative thought process is being blocked by the things we believe are essential and hold some sentimental value. Some of us have arranged some clutter to fit just in the right places. As the saying goes, “out of sight, out of mind.” What you can’t see, even if it’s taking up residence in your life, can’t hurt. Contrary to this belief, the opposite is true. Your senses are being overwhelmed, thus creating additional stress.

It’s amazing how much more free you feel without the extra load. You can’t do it all at once, but making a decision and giving yourself a deadline in order to accomplish your goal is key. It’s an ongoing process so be vigilant, keep what you feel is indispensable and donate the rest to charity. When it comes to your mind, learn to let go of what keeps you from moving forward.

Nuggets of Truth: Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Matthew 6:19-21

 

 

 

 

 

Reflecting on God’s goodness

nativity3Awake, Awake!

Good news and tidings of joy

Jesus

Emmanuel, God with us

The Son of God

The light of man

Prince of peace

Deliverer

Full of love and truth

Our counselor and redeemer

Lord and savior

Born in a manger

Came to earth

to give us hope and save us from our sins

Offering us a complete life full of purpose

Praise be to God

Reflecting on His goodness

Thanking him for all his blessings

Throughout the years.

Nugget of Truth: “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

                                                                                              John 10:10

Tis the season to be what?

christmas gift2Are we really thinking jolly? Have we all lost our minds?  The Christmas season can be jolly if we change our way of thinking.

I’ve worked in retail during the holidays for many years, and believe me when I express that human behaviors are not conducive to having a happy time. People fight over parking spaces and who’s next in line. I had a customer who was at least 80 years old, in poor health and felt obligated to purchase 50 different gifts for her family located in different states. If that’s not enough, a lot of men who have no idea what to buy or even have the desire to join the madness will pick up anything just to keep peace in their homes.  The common thread from men year after year is a desire to please even knowing their loved one will return the item as they have done in previous years. Baby carriages with infants less than a month old and children crying as they walk through the stores. People stressed out from all this delusion with lists upon lists of gifts they have to purchase.

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Hustling and bustling through the malls decorated lavishly, Christmas music playing to set the mood and digital billboards drawing ones attention to sales upon sales to entice the shoppers. Tired people everywhere waiting on lines with several items hoping that they made the right choices. Caught up in a whirlwind of spending, setting them financially backwards for another year. Gifts are wrapped and delivered, finally Christmas day arrives with beautiful packages wrapped under the tree. Stress is somewhat relieved by the smiles of loved ones as they open their package.  In retail, the day after Christmas is our biggest day of returns. Some of us are not happy with our presents. Whatever happened to just being thankful?

So what’s the point?  I have come to realize people’s hearts are in the right place but a feeling of obligation clouds their judgement. Folks are spending money they don’t even have in order to make their loved ones happy. Some of us are looking for love in all the wrong places. Most consumers are going through the motion but are not entirely ecstatic. I am not a Grinch, I love Christmas just like everybody else but I believe we are going about it in the wrong way. Keeping it simple and not going overboard during the holidays would be my recommendations. Reduce your list and consider a grab bag alternative. Focus on the things that are really important and get rid of the guilt you feel if you don’t buy someone a gift. Showing love and kindness all through the year is more important than how much you spend on a gift during the holidays. Give to others who are more in need and do it in the name of someone you care about. Think of valuable ways you can share Gods blessing. Why do we keep giving to those who are already blessed with so much more?

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Christmas or the season of Christmas is about reflecting on the birth of Jesus, our lord and savior. He is the greatest gift to mankind and therefore, our focus for the season should be on what he represents. Love and hope for a better future and saving those who believe from their sins. Going forward, let’s rethink how we go about celebrating Jesus’ birth.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16