Who or what do you worship? Are you worshiping a person, lifestyle, money, clothing, cars or something else? Often times we turn our attention away from our main focus of worship, God, and we spend time worshiping insignificant materialistic things like the ones mentioned previously. Our purpose is to worship God not sometime, not when it is beneficial to us, but all the time. When Jesus was being tempted by Satan he told him in Matthew 4:10 CEB “Go away, Satan because it’s written, You will worship the Lord your God and serve only him.” Now don’t take what I’m saying the wrong way; I’m not saying that you can’t want or have nice things. What I am saying is that those nice things should not be revered or shown adoration. Yes, you should take care of them and respect what you have, but any reverence and/or adoration should be shown to God and him only. The bible tells us that we are to “worship God in spirit and truth”, John 4:23-24. I believe that worshipping people, lifestyles, money, etc. holds us back from receiving everything that God has for us. When we turn our focus away from the material and focus on the spiritual there is a positive shift that takes place in our lives.
When has worshiping a person, lifestyle, money, clothing, cars or something else ever gotten anyone anywhere? Never, the only thing anyone may have ever received from this is to land in the poor house or emotionally scarred. It’s time to move beyond the material trappings of life and set our sights on spiritual growth. Let’s take the necessary steps to begin the process of growth. Even if you don’t believe in God, you must admit that materialistic worship robs you financially, spiritually and emotionally. The purpose of this is to help as many people live the best life possible.
As always remember to Live, Laugh, Love
Who or what are you worshiping?
This past weekend I had the pleasure of spending time with my “Honeybee” (my husband)! It was very special because he had the entire weekend off, so we hit the road. We ended up in beautiful Mendocino, California! If you’ve never been there I suggest that you make plans to go in the near future; that is if you like ocean views and lots of nature. Mendocino also hosts the Mendocino Film Festival each year, the next one will be May 29th – June 1st 2014. We got to live our vision this weekend and we really had a great time.
While on the road to Mendocino we passed through some charming small towns. There was one area we passed through that my Honeybee said reminded him of the movie “The Howling” and he didn’t want to be there after dark. I laughed because some of “The Howling” was filmed in Mendocino at Mendocino Woodlands Camp. But the best part of the drive for me was going through the Navarro River Redwoods State Park on State Route 128. I love this part of the drive because you can stop, get out of the car and stand next to some amazing trees. If you’ve never seen a redwood tree up close, words cannot express the feeling you have when you’re standing there looking up at these giants. It really puts things into perspective. The other thing I enjoyed about being beneath these giants is the utter silence, you could hear a pin drop. If you live in a big city and get tired of the noise, you would enjoy five minutes there.
While I enjoyed the places we traveled to this weekend, the best part of the whole experience was being with my “Honeybee” and living our vision of seeing new sights, experiencing new things and spending time together as husband and wife. Where will our next adventure take, God only knows.
Can I make a suggestion to you? I suggest that you get out and enjoy your life in the way that you have envisioned your life! Life is supposed to be experienced. Live, Laugh, Love
“For God hath not given us the spirit fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7 KJV
There is something that robs us all of our hopes and dreams. It’s a nasty little four letter word that keeps us trapped and afraid to live the life that we have envisioned for ourselves. The nasty little four letter word that holds us back is FEAR. Don’t get me wrong; fear has its place in our lives because it helps us respond to physical or emotional danger. I’m talking about the kind of fear that creeps in and makes us talk ourselves out of realizing our dreams. It’s an ugly type of fear, the kind of fear that fuels the beliefs that we are not good enough, intelligent enough or deserving enough to live a beautiful life. These beliefs are unfounded and have no merit. Several years ago someone came up with the perfect acronym for fear, False Evidence Appearing Real, very appropriate. I tell you that this is exactly what fear is, it gives you fake, unfounded information and then it makes you believe that it is real. Don’t believe the hype!
We have a weapon that is extremely effective against fear and that weapon is FAITH. Yes, FAITH in God, ourselves, our dreams and our abilities. The bible has many references to mustard seed faith. Have you ever seen a mustard seed, it is so tiny. It actually measures between 1-2mm which is about 0.03937 to 0.07874 inches, wow that’s pretty small. Now if we could have that much faith we could do so much; we could live our lives the way we envision them. We would not have to believe what fear tells us about ourselves. Think about it a life without False Evidence Appearing Real. What a concept, FAITH over FEAR! Choose faithful not fearful life. We need to access our faith and put it into action daily so that we can live the abundant life that God has planned for us. Remember, “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7 KJV We get up and walk every single day because we believe that we can, we have faith. So use we must use that same faith to live the life that we have envisioned for ourselves. Every day activate faith and live, live, live! Remember to Live, Laugh, Love
How do you begin the process of forgiving?
How do we begin to forgive someone? That is a very good question to which my answer would be, “I don’t have a clue”. However, I think that a good place to start would be for us to start by acknowledging the hurt that has been caused. So many times we bury the hurt and pain by saying, “I’m okay” or “Whatever”, as if it didn’t bother us at all; all the while knowing that we were hurt deeply. Once we acknowledge the hurt, we are admitting to ourselves that it has occurred and that the pain is real. Next, I think that we should pray and ask for guidance on how to proceed. Should we forgive in private or should we talk with the person who has hurt us? How should we handle the situation? Finally, I think the most important part is the forgiving, letting it go and letting God take care of the past hurts and those who caused them.
I have been stuck, held captive by the hurt of things that people have done to me in the past four years. These were people that I trusted and I thought they meant well. I quickly found out that they didn’t. I was lied to and lied on. I was given false hopes and dreams, I was taken advantage of and in some ways my character was attacked. All by people who called me “friend”. HA! In these four years I have been plagued with the why me/woe is me attitude. I prayed about it; cried about it; got mad about it and none of this really worked until recently. Recently, it came to me that I needed to forgive. Forgive those who hurt me not for them, but for me to be free to live my life completely as God intended. That’s what I’m going to do right now.
Well, here it is. “To anyone and everyone that has caused me grief and pain during 2009 – 2013, I forgive you. It’s over I’m done and I give it all to God. It’s time for me to live my life and be who I was created to be. It does not matter what you’ve said or done in the past, because I’m free. I forgive you completely. Now, watch my smoke!”
Join me, set yourself free and live your life to the fullest! #Live, Laugh, L.O.V.E.
Forgive- 1. To excuse for a fault or an offense; pardon. 2. To renounce anger or resentment against.
This was not the topic for this week’s blog post, but I had a revelation about forgiving. Many of us have been hurt many times in our lives and we have forgiven some, but then there those hurts that we can’t seem to release and forgive those who have hurt us. I know, we’ve all heard it before “forgive, forgive, forgive;” not for the person who has hurt us, but for our own peace of mind and healing. Every time we relive the hurtful experience we feel angry all over again. This anger is holding us hostage and stifling our growth; it is actually blocking our blessings.
Personally, I know that I have been trapped in a state of having an unforgiving attitude towards some people who have wronged me. I thought that I had forgiven them, let it go and moved on from these things, but I realized that this was not the case. I now know that I have to completely and whole heartedly “renounce my anger or resentment” towards these individuals. I have to do this so that I can advance to my next level in life and receive all that God has for me. Don’t you want to receive ALL that God has for you?
“Be tolerant with each other and, if someone has a complaint against anyone, forgive each other. As the Lord forgave you, so also forgive each other.” Colossians 3:13 CEB
Let’s forgive those who have hurt us, so that we can break free of anger and resentment to move forward in Living Our Vision Everyday. As always remember to Live, Laugh, Love!