Tricks and Traps

Why are you wasting time, goofing off, complaining, falling for every trick and trap that the enemy can throw at you?  Think about it, “Jesus came so that we could have life and have life more abundantly”, John 10:10.   When Jesus died on the cross, he gave you the wonderful gift of life.  Life is already yours, you don’t have to search for it;  all you have to do is live your life completely.  How would you feel if you gave your life so that others could live and they didn’t honor or respect the sacrifice that you made for them?  I don’t think it would make you or anyone else feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside; I know I wouldn’t be too happy about it.  Thank God it wasn’t a mortal man who had to give his life!

This journey, life, that we are all on is not meant to be passive.  If you want to  follow your dreams and live your life on purpose, you have to get in the game and be an active participant in your own life.  Yes, you may have made some mistakes or have been hurt in the past.  This is true for everyone, but you have to find some way to move beyond all of this.  It may require you to address and take care of these issues before you live your life.  If this is the case, take care of them because they are doing nothing but holding you captive. It’s time for you to be free of your past mistakes and anguish. It’s time that you live your life and live it on purpose.  Listen, you’ve heard this stuff before however, this time should be different because this time you are ready to do what it takes to live your life on purpose.  You know better than anyone what needs to be done so that you can live the life that you have always dreamed about.  You can do it in spite of your past; you can do it no matter who has said that you can’t because God says that you can.

Here’s a suggestion to get you started.  If you haven’t done this before, find yourself a quiet place and spend a few moments thinking about and writing down the things that are holding you back.  Pray and ask God to reveal to you the ways in which you should handle each issue.  Sit back and wait for his answer.  Then move when the Spirit tells you to move; do exactly what you are told.  Now you may get some answers right away and it may take some time for others nevertheless, let God guide you through this process.  If you’re not a believer in Jesus Christ or God, that’s okay because you still can benefit from addressing your past so that you can live the life that you deserve.  Now, if you need professional help that’s up to you to seek out the professionals that can help you such as counselors, therapist, psychologist, etc.  What you do from this point on, is all up to you.

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Garbage In, Garbage Out

How does one begin to live the life that they have envisioned?  I believe the answer to this question can be and is different for everyone.  For some it may mean making a detailed plan and for others it may mean diving in head first.  Whatever the mode of attack is one thing is for sure, you MUST be in a positive environment.  Yes, the environment MUST be positive.  Guess what?  It all begins with you, so let’s begin.

First of all you have to stop feeding yourself negativity for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Stop living on “I can’t”; “I’m not good enough”; “I’m not smart or intelligent enough” and all of the other negative snacks that you’ve been eating.  It’s time to replace this junk with more healthier positive meals of “I can”; “I’m good enough”; “I am smart or intelligent enough”.  Your thoughts are very powerful and even though you may not think so, all of those negative thoughts are seeping into your mind, taking root and making you miserable.  Replace the negative with the positive.  Remember “Garbage In’ Garbage Out”. Read the rest of this entry »


Determined to Succeed

Determination: firmness of purpose; resoluteness.

 In 2002 I decided to fulfill my lifelong dream of earning a college degree.  Now, this was not my first attempt at pursuing a college degree.  When I graduated from high school I had been accepted to what was then California State University Hayward; but because of lack of knowledge and financial issues, I decided to go to a local community college.  I attended the community college for about two years and nothing came from it, no degree or certificate earned.  Of course there were other times when I returned to college to complete this journey, but it was not until 2002 that I began to realize this dream.  It wasn’t easy; I worked fulltime, maintained a household, took care of my two children and attended school one night per week with weekly five hour study groups.  In the beginning I didn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, but as time passed I began to see it.  Finally, graduation came; I walked across the stage and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services in June of 2005.  Wow, I did it!  Success!  However, my educational journey did not end there because in the fall of 2005 I applied to the Masters of Social Work (MSW) program at California State University East Bay, the former CSU Hayward.  Yes, that’s right, back where I started. Read the rest of this entry »