As I write this, I am reminded of a story in the bible that many are likely very familiar with.

John 5 King James Version (KJV)

After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches.

In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.

For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.

And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.

When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?

The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.

8 Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.

And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the Sabbath.

Again, this is a story many are very familiar with but let’s see how it applies to you life. What things or people have held you back from being all that you desire to be? What excuses have you used to keep yourself stuck in the same situation for 10, 15, 20, or even 38 years? What lies have you believed about your situation that makes you think you cannot do, be, and become all that you desire to? So the question remains, will thou be made whole or will you remain the same? The choice is yours.

I would finish school, but…I would exercise, but…I would start my business, but…I would work harder to improve myself–spiritually, physically, and financially, but…

It’s time to get the but’s out of the way, make a decision that you will not only start the task but finish it, and be made whole. No more waiting for others, no more excuses as to why you can’t, just DECIDE you will and go at it!

It does no good to mumble, grumble or complain about where you are in life if you are not willing to confront and deal with the issues and do the work necessary to make the changes.

It does no good to sit and think–I wish that were me losing weight, starting a business, embarking upon your chosen career path, continuing your education or whatever it may be. The time is always now and the question is always, will you be made whole or will you remain the same? The water is being stirred or troubled!

Now don’t get upset when you see others walking in their purpose as you sit on the sidelines and saying or thinking to yourself–That could or should be me.

Don’t become a “hater” as you see others aggressively pursuing their purpose with passion. Some make the choice that they will be made whole come hell or high water and believe me there is a price to pay in doing so.

The price is often long hours of studying, spending (I like to say “investing”) lots of money in pursuit as none comes in, being isolated and working while others “enjoy” life (or so they think),  The price is often falling down and getting back up time and time again.

Will you be made whole? Challenge yourself to get off the sidelines and get into the game…the game of life. Get fired up and run your race. You can be made whole! Again, the choice is yours.

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Can You Hear Me Now 2

Hello…I said hello…do you hear me…HELLO! Can you hear me now? Why do I keep saying hello? I want you to really hear what I’m saying in the contents of this message. I want you to allow the words to resonate so deeply within that you have no choice but to take back every single thing that the enemy has stolen from you. Again, I say…HELLO!

There’s a great gospel song that states–Everything that the devil stole God’s giving back to me…I want my joy back! Yes, you can have your joy back!

Another song that I truly love is by Shirley Murdoch and it states–I love me better than that. I’m going to get my life back. I want my joy back. I want my piece back. My self-esteem back. Yes, you love you better than what you’ve allowed to rob you of your joy, peace, family, relationships, health, finances, praise, worship, joy and peace. I love me better than that! And I just know you do as well…love yourself better than how you’ve treated yourself.

How do you take it back? You know…speak it, believe it, act on it, be consistently consistent, have a dogged determination that come hell or high water you will get back everything the enemy has stolen from you WITH INTEREST!

How do you take it back? In order to reverse the curse that the enemy has planned for you or for restoration to take place, you must make a 180% turn, not 360 because it will land you right back in the same place you’re in. In order to take it back, you have got to lose some weight. Yep, lose some weight–the weight of carrying problems of others that are too great for you to bear and not meant for you to carry; the weight of trying to take care of everyone but yourself. The weight of enabling (not helping) others and hindering their growth and sometimes we need to shed some physical weight through proper rest, exercise and healthy eating. Hello somebody!

You have got to lose the weight of trying to drag people along with you that talk a good talk but the walk does not line up. They procrastinate. You procrastinate. They make promises and break them. You make promises and break them. They lie and cheat. You lie and cheat. Whatever you’re around the most is what you become. Hello!

You know the people I’m referring to, those still whining, still complaining, still broke, never grateful for anything…those are the ones you need to run from.

Okay so your reputation is tarnished, your character is in question, your life is chaotic, you live in a constant state of back-and-forth, and just when you break free from all that’s been holding you back and those that want to spend their days mumbling, grumbling, and complaining about how bad life is and you start to SOAR, you run right back to the people or situations that helped get you where you are today. Say this with me: Not anymore! I’m drawing the line in the sand today. I will not complain and remain, but I will praise and be raised. Hello somebody! GP (God’s People) are you with me?

The challenge becomes one that we each can do…spend some time daily working on improving you. Right wrongs that have been in arrears. Deal with and confront your situations. Pray about them first. Don’t go half-cocked and once you get clarity, get to stepping!

Join me as I reclaim what the enemy thought he had robbed me of and gain back everything he took away…WITH INTEREST. Let’s do this for 30 days and watch how the turn around takes place. We will find that EVERY TIME we turn around He makes a way!

Email me, or share with me on Facebook or twitter your successes. I want to hear them. Iron sharpens iron and sharing your successes will not only encourage you but many others as well.

Time to take those bricks that have been thrown at us and build a powerful wall!

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Storms

When growing up in Louisiana, it seemed there would always be thunderstorms… thunder and lightning. Oh my! They scared the dickens out of me! But, I learned something later in life that I’d like to share with you today: I could get my best rest in the storms. Yes, I would often sleep through the thunder and lightning like a newborn babe! And when I awoke the storm had passed.

And so it is, fast forward to now: I learned that during the storms of life how to rest. Yes, when life comes crashing down on me and I don’t know what to do or which way to go, I rest. When problems arise that causes me to shake my head, I rest. When chaos is all around, confusion in my head and life, I rest.

When the tumultuous attacks that seem to be never-ending come against me, I rest. You might say but how? I will share with you my secret so that you too can get your best rest during the storms in your life.

I rest in knowing–

  1. Storms don’t last always
  2. God is with me in my storm
  3. He alone can do what I cannot do about the storm
  4. He calms the storm and gives me peace in the midst of it
  5. This too shall pass
  6. No weapon formed against me shall prosper
  7. The Greater one lives in me, loves me, and only wants what’s best for me.

Now that you know my secret, you too can rest in the midst of your storm. You can ride out the storm knowing that God is in you, with you, and working through your storm to help you be and become all He desires you to be. You can trust that your storm only took you by surprise and definitely not God.

Worrying is pointless. Trying to figure out what you’re going to do is sometimes a big waste of your time, efforts, and energy often leading to your making poor decisions. Telling others of your storms does nothing for either party. Most likely they are going through a storm themselves.

In the 8th chapter of the book of Matthew (also recorded in other books of the gospel), there was a great storm that came. The people were so afraid they were going to drown. They cried out to Jesus, who was by the way napping, asking him to save them. Jesus stood up and rebuked the storm and there was a great calm. He did it just by saying “Peace, be still”. He can do the same in our lives as well.

I will add that he also rebuked the people asking them where was their faith. Have faith!

So, if you want to really get some rest while riding through your storm, think on and do the above. Talk to the one who can help you in your storm. Seek guidance from Him and Him alone. Do whatever He leads you to do. Pray.  And trust the process.

Now go and get some rest!

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Depression strikes millions worldwide annually. It is estimated more than 350 million suffer at some point with depression. Feelings of hopelessness and despair often is the leading cause of depression. Grief from the loss of a loved one, life’s challenges, abuse, bullying, conflict, illnesses, major life changes, some medications, and the vicissitudes of life leads to depression. Research shows a feeling of hopelessness over a situation is also a leading cause of depression.

Has depression lingered over your life for a long period of time and just doesn’t seem to want to let go? Has life’s experiences caused you to question your very existence and everything as it relates to your life? Have your doubts robbed you of living life to the fullest and making the best of every day? The news stories as they relate to unnecessary, uncalled for shootings, deaths, and crimes which seem to be so ridiculous in nature…have these caused you to experience severe depression? Well I am here to give you some good news! You don’t have to succumb to the depression and you can pick yourself up and begin again. You can really enjoy life! You really can! Let me tell you how.

The first step seems so simple and it really can be. It starts with a decision. You can DECIDE each day that you are going to have a good day. You can DECIDE that today will be the best day ever for you. You can DECIDE that you are going to do the best you can with what you have and trust God to do the rest. Yes, it starts with a decision.

Let’s get real, we all will experience losses. We all will encounter things in our lives that are devastating; things that make us wonder why do we keep going. We all will, or may experience children gone wild, spouses gone wild, finances not where we would like them to be, inability to pay debts, health issues, job losses, loss of loved ones, loss of houses, etc. None of us are immune to life and we will go through these various things. The key is we will go THROUGH meaning we will not stay there. If you do not or have not experienced any of these things yourself, knowing that a family member, friend, or loved one is going through it puts you smack dab in the middle and you are in essence going through too.

DECIDE that no matter what may come your way, you are going to make the best of today. Not faking it but rather faithing it all the way. I am a firm believer, as I’ve personally experienced, the bottom may drop out today and tomorrow the Son shines so brightly that it’s sometimes hard to remember the devastating thing that occurred on yesterday.

The next step is actually shared in the above paragraphs: TRUST God. TRUST and believe that God is behind the scenes working everything out for your good. TRUST and believe that God loves you even if it seems no one else does. TRUST and believe that nothing that happens to you is an accident. Believe in serendipity, that good will find its way to you. TRUST and believe.

The next step is to daily look for something to be GRATEFUL for; speak those things out loud, write them down. You will find that once you start being GRATEFUL for what you have the depression starts to fade away. During the loss of a loved one, be GRATEFUL that God shared them with you for a season. During the loss of finances, be GRATEFUL that you still have life which gives you an opportunity to recover or bounce back. When facing health issues, be GRATEFUL that you have family and friends that love and care for you. When confronted with a job loss, be GRATEFUL that God has gifted you and even though it may take a minute to find another one, believe that it will happen.

BELIEVE that your current situation can change. No matter what you are currently facing it can all change SUDDENLY. BELIEVE that no storm or dark cloud lasts forever. BELIEVE with God’s help and sometimes the help of others, you have the POWER to turn the situation around. Seek outside help if needed to help you gain clarity about whatever you’re facing or dealing with. Sometimes a professional or an impartial party is needed to help you start to BELIEVE that your situation can turn around. Seek the help you need and BELIEVE it can be done.

HELP OTHERS. Do something for someone else. Get outside yourself and your circumstances and focus on doing something good for someone else. Once you start to do this, depression has no choice but to leave. After all, how can you focus on others and depression over your situation linger? Can’t be done.

LOVE is the final step. LOVE yourself enough to forgive yourself if you are a contributing factor in whatever took place. LOVE others enough to not judge or be critical but be supportive in helping them get to a point of freedom from depression. LOVE God enough to believe He is working everything out. LOVE is a very powerful tool to overcome depression.

Live, laugh, love!

Right any wrongs that you can that attributed to the depression. Those that you can’t, TRUST God to work them out. You’re too blessed to be depressed! Don’t waste another day wallowing in depression. Get up and get moving towards making each day the best day ever!

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Let me tell you a little story of “The Haves and the Have Not’s” and no it has nothing to do with Tyler Perry’s show by the same name (just inspired by it). This is a story of The Haves (the affluent) and The Have Not’s (the dejected and downtrodden).

Once upon a time there was an elite group of people–let’s call them “The Haves” that lived in various places throughout the world. These were people of great means, people who had amassed or acquired great wealth. Not all , but many were considered by some to be haughty, prideful, puffed up due to the fortunes they had obtained. So many snubbed those that were less fortunate (The Have Not’s).

This latter group were people who had not been born with a silver spoon and had huge hardships all throughout their lives causing them to struggle. These are the disadvantaged, the disenfranchised, those (for the sake of this story) who have fought all their lives just to have the basic necessities in life.

So “The Haves”, or many of them, looked down their noses at “The Have Not’s” and made disparaging comments like: They should just get a better job. I am not trying to help them. They are lazy and need to learn a trade to help themselves. I made it and so can they. They are stupid for finding themselves in the position they’re in. You get the picture. What’s missing is lack of compassion as with the realization that one day they can go from being “The Haves” to a “Have Not” overnight.

What’s the point of this story? To encourage people, no matter where they are in life, to realize that life can and will turn on you without even asking your permission. To encourage people no matter where they are in life to have compassion for those that have fallen on hard times. To encourage people to fully realize that but by the grace of God it could very well be you or I in any of the positions. Yes, one can easily go from a Have to a Have Not, and to encourage you to offer the same compassion to others when they are going through, as you would want someone to offer you. You never know where life will take you.

This message is to encourage you to not look down on others, but as much as humanly possible, help lift a brother or a sister up. A smile, an encouraging word, guidance and direction to help them help themselves, whatever you can give in a positive way is what’s needed.

Many are looking for a hand up and not a hand out. ALL LIVES MATTER!

Karma states what goes around comes around. The bible states what you do for others comes back to you (well not in those exact words but you get the gist of it) It does say for us to do unto others as we would have done unto us.

I close with this. There are many of the “Haves” that offer help to the “Have Not’s” on a daily basis and for this I thank and applaud you. My words today are to encourage those that may find themselves in the first group: the prideful, haughty, proud, opinionated without real facts…to just consider the possibility that one day this could be you or a family member or a close friend and then think about how you would want someone to treat you. No one is immune to the troubles of life. It rains on the just as well as the unjust.

And to The Have Not’s, be gracious enough to accept the help offered. Pride keeps many from living better lives. Charity is love. Accept the help offered.  I’ve heard people say, “I don’t accept charity“. Well you may be turning down a real blessing. Know the difference between a blessing and a handout. Turn down the handouts, accept the blessings.  Just something to think about.

Don’t look at what you have today. It can change SUDDENLY and one can cross over to either side in a heartbeat. Believe me, I’ve lived on both sides.

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You're A Winner

 

You are a winner! Contrary to the naysayers, you’re a WINNER!

Let me tell you why you are a winner (for those of you that don’t feel like it). You are a winner because–

  1. You are alive and reading this today.
  2. You are determined to make today better than yesterday.
  3. You do not wallow in the pains or guilt of the past.
  4. You readily forgive those who have harmed you in any way.
  5. You trust God as your source.
  6. You believe and look for the best in others.
  7. You strive to become a better student.
  8. You push yourself to limits and beyond that some merely think about.
  9. You realize how blessed you are daily and share those blessings with others.
  10. You are grateful for all that has been entrusted to you and strive to be a good steward.
  11. You love, I mean really, truly love with your whole heart.
  12. You acknowledge the fact that you are not perfect but continually strive for perfection.
  13. You experience life on your own terms.
  14. You have mastered the art of forgiveness: forgiving others as with forgiving yourself.

Remind yourself of the fact that you are a winner on a daily basis. Say to yourself that regardless of what has happened “I AM A WINNER!”. Declare boldly and loudly to all within earshot that WINNING is your new normal!

So, again I say, “Hello You Beautiful Winner”

Now remember, say to yourself daily: WINNING IS MY NEW NORMAL! You will be inspired to go to higher heights as you continually SPEAK this. You will begin to ACT like the winner you are.

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The scenarios are played all throughout the world. Officer involved shootings– be it on the part of a police officer being shot and killed while in the line of duty, or one killed during a routine traffic stop, or the killing of an innocent victim by an officer or any number of scenarios, the issue seems to be (at least in my mind) fear playing a big part in the outcomes. There has been much talk about recent shootings and killings of young black and brown males–senseless killings. The media continually plays and replays the tragedies. It angers family, friends, and loved ones of all parties involved. Shock! Disbelief! Fuel is continually added as each episode is played and replayed. The argument has been made that there is more black-on-black and brown-on-brown killings so why should people get so upset when a police officer kills someone. That (the crime among black-on-black and brown-on-brown) may very well be true. I do not have statistics at this time to say yes or no. What I do know is it all seems to originate from fear. Well maybe a sense of superiority as with a lack of respect on both parts.

For years, blacks and browns have felt mistreated by Caucasians or whites. Because of this, there is a “Stand My Ground Mentality” that is getting and has gotten many killed. Senseless!

For years, police officers and their families have been the victims of unnecessary loss all due to senseless killings. A person fears for their life, always assumes someone has a weapon, and instead of just doing the right thing people have become trigger happy. Shoot first…ask questions later.

I do not condone murder on any level and against any group of people. I abhor racial profiling. I detest the behavior of some after a loss of a loved one…rioting, looting, creating chaos…what does it accomplish? Actually it makes the situation worse.

Is it fear that causes a man to beat down a woman or shoot and kill an innocent child? Is it fear that causes one to do drive-by shootings? Is it fear that causes one to loot and destroy and rob and kill? Is it fear that provokes total disrespect for another human being? Is it fear? Really!

I’ve read numerous articles over the past few years, watched the news, seen the marches that take place, viewed comments by those for and against the behavior of another as it relates to what’s taking place in the world.

I’ve had countless conversations with friends and co-workers listening to their views and expressing my own as to why all of this is taking place. In many cases we’ve agreed to disagree. We realize discussions are a democracy and each person is entitled to their beliefs as they relate to basically anything. What sharing with and listening to others does for me is open my eyes to seeing things from different perspectives.

Lou Rawls did a song many years ago…What’s the matter with the world, has the world gone mad? There’s nothing wrong with the world–it’s just the people that’s in it.

I’m in total agreement with Marvin Gaye–What’s Going On?

Gone are the days of slavery as experienced by our ancestors with slave masters and slaves. Gone are the days of blaming one group for another’s plight in life or discomforts. Gone are the days where we as a people cannot come together, eat together, pray together, play together, watch movies in the same theater, share the same water fountains, use the same restrooms, ride the same transportation services. They are gone! We have a power to change a generation in a positive way! We have the power!!!

We as a people need to get back to the basics which are found in the Bible. None are superior. None are inferior. Respect authority. Respect yourself. Respect your friends, neighbors, and loved ones. Respect never goes out of style.

Train our young to be upstanding citizens (and when I say our young, I mean ALL) and bring back respect. Parents, you are accountable. It starts at home. Some things can have a different outcome if we as parents assume our rightful roles and teach love, not hate; teach respect; teach what is right.

Train our officers to not assume…don’t assume because I’m black or brown I am a thug. Don’t watch the movies and assume all people of color are low lifes. Don’t make assumptions about us.

Train our children to do the right thing. I know this does not assure a successful outcome in every case but it is a start. Let’s start! I am so tired of the lost lives be them black, white, brown, Asian, whoever. I am tired of the losses of police officers and am here to say just like all people of color are not evil neither are all police officers. Some are here to serve and protect and take their jobs seriously. I imagine many cry due to the fact that they could not save a life or could not help that person in need. We are all human beings! Let’s be about love, peace, and unity. And it starts with you. Yes, you!

“Lord I am so busy! I spend my days doing this for this one, this for that one and find myself swamped with commitments that I cannot keep! Help ME! I’m tired, frustrated and seem to be spinning my wheels getting nowhere real fast!” Is this you? Do you know someone who uses something similar on a regular basis when discussing their life? There is a huge difference between busy and productive!

TRUTH: God never called us to be busy. There is nowhere in my bible readings, no scriptures that support His asking us to be busy. He did tell us to be fruitful and to multiply. He did tell us to go into all the world teaching, preaching and reaching the lost. He did tell us to help those in need. He did tell us to pray for those that are hurting BUT He never told us to be busy.

We can do the things God has called, chosen us for, and qualified us to do without being busy as a bee. Sometimes we get so busy we can’t even hear our marching orders from our Maker. Sometimes we become so busy that we say we don’t even have time to pray. Too busy!!!

Sometimes we get so busy involved in the affairs or lives of others that we actually end up meddling as opposed to helping or doing God’s will.

Let’s talk about productivity for a moment. A productive person CAN BE busy BUT the difference is a productive person knows when to stop, look, and listen to hear what the Spirit is leading them to do. A productive person will get good sound doctrine or teachings and take the necessary steps to implement resulting in much fruit being born.

A productive person knows that their time is valuable and that “no” is often the only response they need to give; knowing that their steps are ordered by the Lord, a productive person takes and makes time for daily prayer and bible reading and seeks guidance and direction for that 24 hour period.

A productive person plans! A productive person prepares! A productive person networks! A productive person is a powerful person and one who strategizes.

A productive person, unlike a busy person, does not go around singing–Que sera sera, whatever will be will be and because of the fact that they are productive realize that we have a say in what will be.

Let’s get unbusy and become more productive. Life can be so much easier.

 

Dark clouds seem to loom over your life and you feel hopeless. That job loss, loss of a house, loss of a loved one, or health issues can all be perceived as dark clouds. When children go astray and life completely contradicts that that they have been taught; that too can be perceived as a dark cloud. The bank account being in the red on a continual basis–yes another dark cloud. But are these really dark clouds?

Many have gone through storms in life–literally storms! Thunderstorms where the sky is darkened and they seem to go on forever. It’s during these times that some duck tail and hide. It’s during these storms that many would, like my grandmother would tell us as kids, get real silent “Because the Lord is doing His work”. It is during those storms that some experience loss of electricity for hours and sometimes even days and depending on how long the power outage lasts, loses frozen goods.

It is during these storms that afterwards one breathes a sigh of relief. It is after these storms that many rejoice in the fact that even though it was bad, it could have been worse.

But what about the other storms one endures that causes darkness to loom for what seems like eternity? What about those storms that appear to rob you of your joy, zap you of your energy, steal your excitement, zeal and enthusiasm for life? What about those storms?

Let’s look at the potential silver lining in these times. The job loss may be God redirecting you to start your own business or perhaps He has a better job for you. The loss of a house could be God’s preparation for you for a home; both here on earth and your heavenly home. The loss of a loved one can be an opportunity to thank God for having allowed them to be apart of your life, even if you believe they were taken too soon. The health issue may be God’s nudging that there are some things you need to change in your life to be here for the long haul. It could be His nudging you to take better care of yourself.

The financial issues or the bank account being in the red could be God’s way of leading you to be proactive in the handling of your finances, take classes, develop and maintain a budget.

The bible tells us to train up a child in the way they should go. Once we do that we have fulfilled our God-given assignments as parents. When, or if, they should stray, don’t play the blame game. Instead keep them continually lifted in prayer and trust God to do the turnaround. This can be very hard at times and often requires our letting them go and surrendering them to God over and over and over again BUT never give up on that wayward child. It ain’t over until God says it’s over! Remember that.

While we’re on the subject of wayward children, remember you were most likely one of them and if your parents didn’t give up on you, but rather covered you in prayer, AND God didn’t give up on you, who are you to give up on them?

Behind every dark cloud is a silver lining. Instead of looking at the dark cloud, wallowing and feeling sorry for yourself, look for the silver lining. Look for the blessing in the testing or the blessing in the lesson. Once you’ve found it, implement and see the turnaround that takes place.

Don’t ignore the warning signs. Change and growth takes place when we listen, learn and adhere or take action correcting the issues in our lives we’ve created and trust God to fix the other things. Do your part and trust God to do the rest.

There are some things, no matter how hard we try, that we will be unable to fully comprehend or fix. Let go of those and trust God to mend or fix those issues. Do YOUR part and trust God! Do what you can do and rest in knowing the Creator can and will fix any issues that affect you and yours.

Behind EVERY dark cloud IS a silver lining!

 

2 ladies talking

“Guess what Mary? I have a library full of books on subjects ranging from A to Z. And, girl I have every exercise tape and pieces of equipment I need to lose weight. And girl, I have several different versions of the Bible as with study guides. Girl, I have closets full of clothes, shoes, handbags and accessories to match. No brags, just facts.” Ha!

Well guess what folks, what the speaker isn’t saying is that even though she has all of these items she is barely using any of them. Use it or lose it!

Let’s get real, we take great pleasure in boasting about the newest books or outfits or any of those things mentioned above but what are we honestly doing with them/it?

Having exercise equipment, books, clothing, etc. does absolutely no good if they’re not being utilized. How many of you (don’t raise your hand) can say that you know someone like the speaker talking to Mary? How many of you are that speaker? Be honest with yourself.

Recently discovered that shoes unworn will dry rot. Clothes unused are of no good after awhile to you or anyone else. Books unread will not expand the mind nor help the individual in any way. A Bible and study guides will not help one iota if unread. Exercise equipment and tapes are useless unused.

Osmosis won’t happen by placing books under your pillow girl. It just won’t work. You’d better open that book, use that equipment, wear them doggone clothes and fully utilize all that you have. If you don’t use it you run the risk of definitely losing it.

Those 6 pack abs you’ve worked so hard to get will easily turn to flab if you don’t continue to work aggressively to keep them.

There are some who sang beautifully for years and then they stop. Once they start to sing again, they often find the voice is not what it was and appears to be cracked until they put forth the time and effort into rebuilding it to get it back up to par. Some never do and sound like a hot mess!

Use it or lose it! Don’t take any of it for granted. If not properly, consistently used and maintained on a regular basis, you run the risk of losing it. Don’t let that be you.

And while I’m discussing this, don’t allow the gifts you’ve been given to lie dormant for years. Don’t assume that you can go for years without using those gifts and be as effective as you once were. Use them!”

 

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