In all things pray

Mood today: Excited for the work day, but heart heavy a little (not going to let me down though)

Inspirational tune: All of Creation (Even So Come) by Chris Tomlin

 

John 15:5 NKJV

  “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me,and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”

   2016 is the year of being careful with my words but I can’t do it alone (not one bit) . 

    It requires more moments of prayer than I have ever done. It also requires me to hand over completely— as in surrender (this action is still hard at times for me to practice). I am learning to pray first then give myself time to process. So then I can communicate in a “less of me more of Him”approach. 

NOT EASY TO DO! 

   Prior to making THE intentional decision to make some positive changes in my life I used to only pray upon convenience.

 I only prayed for good things to happen and only prayed one-sided. “God this is what I need just this one time… Amen”.

  
 Now reflecting back it was a 50% prayer. While I was “being prayerful” I wasn’t PRAYING. I wasn’t having a fluid conversation with Him for guidance and wisdom. 
    Fast forward to this year.

(Did you notice I said this year: it’s okay to start making change any time)
  

This verse has helped me stay centered
 
     I pray often and rather than a laundry list that I hand off to God to “take care of”the way I once did, I now pray for guidance and clarity. I ask that He help me approach things more like He would have me do. 

    I pray without agenda. 

We can’t do things all alone and we certainly won’t always get our way, but we can ask for help from someone much greater than us who has the wisdom to help empower us with the gift of love. 

     Be prayerful in all you do.

    There may be situations that are uncomfortable and there may be circumstances that you are feeling restless about: PRAY. 

   But remember ask Him for guidance and then patiently wait. If you feel convictions do those things He is asking of you without pouting or hesitation. Don’t squirm but rather be confident that He has you in his hands. 

   Remember the first series of these posts where I shared: it will get uncomfortable? YEP THIS IS PART OF THOSE TIMES…

   But choose to embrace it with joy,excitement and faith for what lies ahead. I believe in you! 

 Love y’all,

-Sam

Write it down

Mood today: Positive and Productive

Inspirational tune: Rhett Walker Band ” Come to the River”

I want to remember THAT moment…

I am so grateful for…
Don’t forget to remember…

Oh that is a great point!
       If you have ever had that type of thought rush through your mind then congrats you are not alone. I have had many moments with those thoughts throughout the years yet I did nothing about it. 

For years I have done the same thing with these thoughts: not a darn thing.

    This past December I began doing something that was out of my normal, but I knew it was necessary in order to get my positive vibes back. Actually now that I think of it, I actually did something about it back several months ago.

I began to write it down

    I began writing down what inspired me throughout the church services I attended on Sundays and that led to starting a gratitude journal with a small little Target dollar spot notebook. These small steps have helped me tremendously and they are now very much a part of my daily routine. 

I realized I owed it to myself and the folks around me (especially my husband,kids,and friends) to see all the things I should be grateful for because to a huge extent they are a part of my happiness.

    I miss some days and that’s okay, but when I do quickly I get back on the bandwagon again and don’t quit.It’s a few minutes of my time that do not go wasted and help me go to bed with a smile versus tears like often times I used to.

    It helps me have different perspective. 

    Day one of writing in my journal I had told myself, “okay Sam just one thing- find one thing to be grateful for” you know what happened? Not one time have I only written just one thing. I usually fill up the whole page. I have even started including smiley faces and doodles on certain days that my heart fills so full!

That ladies is progress, and that ladies is something deserving of celebrating.


    My ipod has switched to the next song on my shuffle and as I type while listening to the words some strike a chord with me.

” when all I will do is forever worship you. I can only imagine”

    How powerful those words are for me … “surrounded by your glory!” AMEN is what I think to those words. Gratitude from within allows me to then go share the positive into the great big world and those I interact with. It has helped me get up and be prepared for the day ahead no matter what it brings forth. It allows my “what used to be” very restless/confused heart to now be peaceful and without feeling  that I may have a heart attack lol!

It all started with a simple step: 

               writing it down

 

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Write transparently and with gratitude


    Now I write as much as I can down in more than one area. I went back to old school ways that used to help me feel less forgetful and help me to be not only more focused but productive. I have a couple planners I use and have begun creating my to-do list the night before. I do this just before going to bed and once all my mom duties are complete.

                  You know why?

 Because I am deserving to control my time so that I can be less restless and happier.

It takes being intentional not for anyone but yourself. Love yourself. You are worthy.

    So today I encourage you to go find a little notebook and pen to begin writing at least one thing you are grateful for today. It can be anything at all. No one will see it but you. Keep it in a place that you can easily pick it up (for me it’s my nightstand). Don’t forget to date each page you write down a gratitude moment so that later you can look back and see all the days and positives. You will see how far you have come, and friends it is so amazing to reflect upon these things!
There have been some days I look back when I feel deflated a bit and it then helps me get my chin up and push through the next day.

Love y’all,

-Sam