Monday Motivation: Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone….

Monday Motivation: Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone….

Hey y’all!

Sorry I know its Tuesday again and I missed another Monday Motivation 😦  But that was because I was on vacation and when I got home last night the only thing I had time for was my warm cozy bed! So for give once again.

So, lets jump right into what’s on my mind today! As I previously mentioned, I was on vacation last week., I made a quick trip to New York City to spend time with my best friend who now lives there with her husband and her baby bump 🙂   ❤

My other best friend and I were travelling together. We usually go to New York twice a year. We’ve traveled there in every way possible; 7 hour drive, 10 hour train ride and yes ( in our slightly younger days) even taken the dreadful 12 hour bus Greyhound bus ride…. ( never again). In our more recent travels,( because we have the means to do so) we have been flying out there, So, in planning for this trip, we began searching for flights at a reasonable price.We usually fly with the usual culprits; ( Air Canada, West Jet, United Airlines etc..) but this time those flight service providers were priced astronomically! So when my friend came across a cheap fare we were so eager to jump on it… until we looked at the airline. TAM…. Although it may be popular in other parts of this world, We were not familiar with it.  We immediately began to ask questions. We both googled the airline and saw that it had good reviews, and so with little more than guarded hesitation, we booked the flight.

Alas, the day of departure came and the flight was amazing! Our flight was quick and the flight attendants were friendly. All in all it was a successful l flight. Now, that put us at ease. But what makes this experience so memorable was what happened on our flight back….

Upon booking, what we failed to realize was that included in this cheap fare on this unknown ( to us) airline was a return flight that included an upgrade to first class! What an experience it was! Champagne upon sitting in my seat, served lunch placed for me on my tray table with and tablecloth and real utensils ( lol) and a fully reclining chair  with a big fluffy blanket and a pillow with a large tv with a remote and more leg room than I could ever imagine having on a plane! It was blissful. W

Which led me to ponder on something and write this post. Suppose we never booked our trip with this airline? Suppose we let fear of the unknown rob us from this amazing experience? What if we never stepped out of our comfort zone and tried something new?  I know I struggle with stepping out of my comfort zone at times. Writing this blog and attempting to be transparent is a major step out of my comfort zone! But what I have realized that If you never step out of your comfort zone  you may never know what God has in store for you! Jeremiah 29: 11 sums this up for me really well . It reads:

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

Having a relationship with God makes stepping out of your comfort zone so much easier. When you are in a relationship, you share things, you build a bond, you build trust. When you have someone who you trust, and you ask them for advice, it makes your decision-making process so much easier! So take everything to Him and allow Him to guide you. Trust me, He will never lead you astray. He’s got your best interest at heart.

So while trusting in God remember, everything you want is within arms reach. But to obtain it you have to do things that may seem extraordinary to you. That job you have been wanting to apply for DO IT! The move you have been pondering TAKE A CHANCE! That relationship you have been wanting to pursue.. TRY IT. With God all things are possible. So step out of your comfort zone and LIVE!

Here’s a song that is so fitting for this topic: Marvin Sapp :Comfort Zone

Some of the lyrics read:

I’m coming out of my comfort zone
Some of the places in my life that’s comfortable
God is challenging me
Trust and believe
For to go where I’ve not gone
I must do what I’ve not done

So I am coming out of my comfort zone
Tho it may cost me some friends
I’ll walk alone
God is challenging me
To Trust and believe
For to go where I’ve not gone
I must do what I’ve not done

God is calling me
(to walk into my destiny)
God is challenging me
(to go where I’ve not been)
God is proving me
(and for the rest of my life, I’ll say yes)
Yes yes yes!

I’m coming out of my comfort zone
I’m being stretched to place where I’ve never known
God is challenging me
To trust and believe
For to go where I’ve not gone
I must do what I’ve not done

God is calling me
(to walk into my destiny)
God is challenging me
(to go where I’ve not been)
God is proving me
(and for the rest of my life, I’ll say yes)
Yes yes yes!

Xoxo

Mourning Into Dancing

Mourning Into Dancing

Hey everybody,

I hope your day was fantastic. I had an extremely busy day at work ( will do a detailed blog on my busy work life soon 🙂 ) and as I was sitting here catching up on my devotional, the scripture Psalms 30 came to me. It reads ( from the New Living Translation) :

1I will exalt you, LORD, for you rescued me
You refused to let my enemies triumph over me.
2O LORD my God, I cried to you for help,and you restored my health.
3You brought me up from the grave,a O LORD.You kept me from falling into the pit of death.
4Sing to the LORD, all you godly ones!Praise his holy name.
5For his anger lasts only a moment,but his favor lasts a lifetime! Weeping may last through the night,but joy comes with the morning
6When I was prosperous, I said,“Nothing can stop me now!
7Your favor, O LORD, made me as secure as a mountain.Then you turned away from me, and I was shattered.
8I cried out to you, O LORD.I begged the Lord for mercy, saying,
9“What will you gain if I die,if I sink into the grave?Can my dust praise you?Can it tell of your faithfulness?
10Hear me, LORD, and have mercy on me.Help me, O LORD.”
11You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing.You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy,
12that I might sing praises to you and not be silent.O LORD my God, I will give you thanks forever!

Verses 5 and 11-12 are on replay in my mind right now!

 Verse 5 serves as a reminder that things may seem tough right now ( weeping my endure for a night) but there is always light at the end of the tunnel.( joy comes in the morning)
Verse 11-12
are verses that show that God will turn all of our mourning into dancing or in other terms, turn an unhappy situation into a pleasant one. I am pleasantly reminded to give thanks to God for everything! I won’t be silent! I’m forever grateful

I don’t know who this message is for this evening, but I hope whoever is reading this is encouraged! Even If you don’t believe in what I do, remember that any day above ground is a good one! So take your lemons and turn it into lemonade!

We sang this song at church a few weeks back! Enjoy ( this isn’t my praise group but i’m not a huge fan of the Ron Kenoly arrangement…sorry )

Que Sera Sera…

Que Sera Sera…

When I was just a little girl
I asked my mother, what will I be
Will I be pretty, will I be rich
Here’s what she said to me.

Que Sera, Sera,
Whatever will be, will be
The future’s not ours, to see
Que Sera, Sera
What will be, will be….

(My mother used to sing this song to me as a little girl)

Why don’t you….( fill in the blank) How come you don’t….(insert question here) When are you going to… ( insert yet another question)

Is it just me, or has anyone else experienced people wanting  to know ( and expect you to know) every single aspect of the direction of your life? I don’t know about anyone else,but some of the plans I had for my life have not yet come to fruition and I have no explanation why.

Someone wise once told me, If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans and that is certainly true! ( to me anyway 🙂 )

I used to get offended when people would compare my life to others. Mind you, I’m a College/University educated, strong black woman making my way in this Early Childhood Education community and I’m also thriving in ministry work. So It’s not like I’m over here struggling! But still as confident as I am in myself, it would still irritate me to no end when people would put their two cents in where it wasn’t requested or required!

Until I stopped and really thought to myself, “Why are you getting mad?” People ask questions for a number of reasons. A: They generally mean well, B: They are just nosy or C:They don’t really like you and want to know your business to be harmful. We all know groups of people know that fall into each one of these categories. Unfortunate, but true. I’ve learned to focus my energy on the people who fall in category A.  You may not necessarily want to hear what they have to say, but you can tell their intentions are not meant to be offensive or harmful, but as genuine concern and anticipation of your accomplishments. ( I have A LOT of these people around me 🙂 )

Over the years I’ve learned that I am not in control of my life. As a young Christian woman I’ve truly come to understand that God is the orchestrator of my life and no matter what anybody else thinks about my life, or the direction ( or pace) It’s progressing it, my life in the hands of the Master and whatever will be will be and I am confident that even more blessings are on the way!

So…… Live! Laugh! Love!….Enjoy because life is much too short not to!

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xoxo

Grace Saved Me…

Grace Saved Me…

God loves me
Adores me
Watches over me
You are for me
Grace loves me and it’s not what I deserve
And nothing that I’ve earned
But daily grace saves me.
Oooooo But for your grace
I’d be lost, but for your grace (http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/t/tasha_cobbs/grace.html)

Grace…  Grace is defined in Christian terms as the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings. As a Christian, I’ve experienced grace by way of salvation, but never have  I really experienced grace in the flesh like I did Sunday February 8.

Church was wonderful. My father and I were rushing to leave ( i because i wanted to escape the temptation of the bake sale lol) and he because he’s not much of a person to linger. As we were preparing to leave, he rubbed his forehead and said his head felt funny. Now my dad is like me and prone to headaches when the pressure in the air changes so I really didn’t think anything of it. He was driving and I was checking email. I noticed the car was beginning to drift. I looked over and realized that my dad was not responsive. He was having an “absent seizure” ( staring spell). Unable to get his foot off the gas, I had to lean over and grab the wheel and swing the car into a snow bank on the passenger side, to keep us from drifting into oncoming traffic. I was finally able to stop the car, throw it in park and turn it off… Luckily we were only 2 blocks from church and I called church and our members were there in no time. By this time he had recovered and had no recollection of the incident. My friend drove our car uptown and we went home with plans to call the doctor Monday morning. ( FYI I didnt call 911 because he was showing no visible signs of distress. He has had episodes like this last year and all his results were clear)

As we were eating dinner joking around, the same thing happened. I called my dear friend who is a Registered Nurse and she came by and suggested that we head to the emergency room. In the ambulance,he had another episode and about 6 more episodes that evening. They began running tests. Nothing. They ran more tests, Nothing.

Strange? No not strange to me. I was strangely calm while the car incident was happening and throughout this whole process. I truly know that God took COMPLETE control of the situation. But does that mean that I wasn’t scared? Or that I wasn’t sad that my dad was in this situation? Of course not. I’m human. But I held on to the fact that I serve a miracle-working , healing God.

After 5 days in the hospital, doing every single test possible, all tests were clear. No tumor, no blood clot, nothing at all. Frustrating because we have no human explanation, but refreshing because I know God hears me and fixed whatever it was!

My mother, a tower of strength. My aunts,uncles  and entire extended family have been so supportive. My church family ( Hamilton COGOP)  have been amazing. MY FRIENDS! I have been so humbled by their outpouring of love. My friend Jess for bringing salt for my driveway, Andrae/Jerome for taking care of my cars….Keysh T, Slim, Clove, Jerms, Steph and Cass,Shanice, Chi, Omar, Kay, Decha…. there’s so many to name. I am truly blessed to have all the wonderful people in my life. Even people who I have a personality clash with, has been super supportive and I truly respect this woman for her prayers and encouragement.

As I was listening to the Tasha Cobbs song I quoted earlier, the tears just began to flow. I could have been dead and gone today but for His grace. I could be in mourning today but for His grace. Life can change in a split second and I’m so glad I have a peace that keeps me grounded. In the darkest of times ( and this week was pretty dark) there is a light at the end of tunnel and his name is Jesus! I’m forever grateful… its flowing from my heart…

A scripture that really got me through this week was Isaiah 26:3

You will keep in perfect peace
    all who trust in you,
    all whose thoughts are fixed on you!

Keep your thoughts fixed on Him!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGJ3Y0csZRE

I know this blog is all over the place, I promise I’ll be back on it Monday!! PS HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!

xoxo

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