Uncover Your Faith

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Today, I saw a feature on a television program about Reverend Dr. Lakeesha Walrond.  She became the first woman president of the New York Theological Seminary.  The feature story contained her recollection of when she heard her calling in the church, her plans for her presidency and how she endured sexual molestation at the age of nine.

The interviewer asked her how do you talk to people who have lost their faith.  Rev. Dr. Walrond answered, “Faith isn’t lost, it’s just covered.”  I felt this surge in my spirit.  Faith is covered by many things, such as our circumstances, fear, anxiety, health issues, and doubt.

Our God is bigger than our greatest obstacles.  Be encouraged today to uncover your faith!  Remove that negativity and put your thoughts towards God.

Prayer:

“Dear Heavenly Father, may I put my trust in you each and every day.  May I remember all the blessings in my life and for my faith to increase.  Give me strength and endurance during difficult times.  In Jesus’ Name, AMEN!”

 

Managing Difficult People

I do not like experiencing tension between myself and others. In the past, I exhausted myself to make everyone else happy around me instead of protecting myself from the drama.

As much as I desire peace and harmony between myself and others, there are times where it won’t happen. I can promise peace for myself by establishing boundaries and not engaging with the drama.

Sadly, years can go by before I discover the true nature of a person.  I am in the process of learning that I must let go of trying to get along with someone who does not want to be civil.  It is not my job to appease them.  These difficult people are energy vampires.  Would I want to have someone suck out all of my energy?  No, I’m over forty years old, and my energy is scarce but sacred!

Proverbs 15:1 says, “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”  Continual engagement with difficult people will not bring out the best in me.  As much as I want to know why they are the way they are, it will not solve anything.  Only God can change a person, not me.

May you be released of any burden you carry to help those who do not want to change.

Lesson Learned:  Let God handle those who bring you down.

Prayer:

“Dear Heavenly Father, I know peace is precious in a fallen world.  Help me to manage conflict effectively and without becoming too invested.  Give me the wisdom to protect myself when dealing with difficult people.  In Jesus’ Name, AMEN!”

 

 

 

 

Believing You Deserve Better

Colette, here. Writer for this blog, Anointed Courage.
I have struggled with fear and anxiety most of my life.
I felt a breakthrough to overcome these debilitating emotions in the last couple years.
As I worked through these emotions, I started doing more things as they subsided.
Today, I did something that scared me. I asked my boss for a raise. I worked for the company for almost 5 years and never asked or were offered a wage increase.
So being that my 5 year anniversary is next month, I asked for a raise. With help, I carefully wrote out a request. I decided to believe and have faith that it would happen
and I received one!
If I can do this, anyone can. Believe that God wants you to live a victorious life!

Instead of Resolutions, Create Change and Growth

I worked at a family practice doctor about fifteen years ago. It was the last week of December and a patient came in to discuss with the doctor about losing weight for the coming year. This is a common resolution that usually ends in failure. This patient seemed determined. She told me that she planned to eat an organic, raw diet and no sugar. I may have been convinced she could do it, but she came into the office with her snack, a diet soda and a bag of chips. I asked her if she ever ate that way before and she said no. Unfortunately, she did not keep her resolution because she committed to do too much, all at once.

I failed many New Year’s Resolutions, myself. I pledged I would exercise everyday, eat healthy (similar to the patient we had), not watch TV or be off social media, and/or not overspend money. These resolutions would have been huge to accomplish individually, but I tried them all at once. And I failed each of them within the first week of the new year.

Last night, I took part in a webinar by my friends, Roland and Galina Denzel. They talked about this very thing regarding New Year’s resolutions. They entitled the webinar, “Instead of Resolutions”. Here is a link to their website

https://eatwellmovewell.teachable.com

I highly recommend them. I am not getting a kick back or paid to endorse them. They are good people who truly care about coaching people to live their best life.

I wish for you this new year and decade of 2020 be the beginning of positive change and growth! May you give yourself space to incorporate change.