#SpiritualSunday #UnlockYourGreatness Darkness is Clueless when You Shine!
The passing of almost a month into the New Year has allowed time to pass for pause in order for us to reflect on the past year. What a journey 2018 has been! Would you Agree..
A year full of good things mixed with opportunities and perhaps struggles for many of us. For me, even through the challenges I had experienced with my health mixed with difficult business decisions I managed to strong in my core to overcome discouragement and succumb to failure. When waves of my whole world were crashing down on me, I realized that I was actually the strongest when storms came and my heart was shattered leaving me standing bloodied, bruised or even broken unable to see anything in the midst of darkness.
There were no happy endings promised "Silver - Screen Movie" but....
The battles provided me a chance to gain perspective with crucial skills necessary involving focus, and courage with doses of patience thrown in to prepare for the New Beginnings in 2019
Welcome this new year by stoking that burning ember creating a bright light which we should seek and cling to it every single day. "Light Wins" no matter how prevalent the darkness
#SpiritualSunday #UnlockYourGreatness "Guarding your heart without shutting it down"
I have found that our heart is under constant attack, especially in the environment that we live today. We have an enemy who is bent on our destruction.
,That is the reason Solomon says,
“Above all else.” not when you get around to it "No", he says, make it your top priority.
Your heart is extremely valuable,
Guarding your heart has nothing to do with building a wall so that nothing can come in or out, it is more about being cautious; filtering out those things that are destructive while remaining open so that we don't miss out on opportunities
Your heart is the source of everything you do in your life ~ “wellspring of life.”
Your heart overflows into thoughts, words, and actions; likened to thousands of natural springs of water flowing to the surface of the earth accumulating in pools or runs off into creeks / streams. If you plug up the spring you stop the flow of water which may poison the water, the flow becomes toxic. In either situation, you threaten life downstream.
Likewise, if your heart is unhealthy, it has an impact on or threatens your family, friends, career, and, legacy.
Imaging Your Heart as a Castle.
When something approaches, let it in just as a castle’s drawbridge lets in its guests.
Allow your loving heart’s strength protect you from emotional attacks, letdowns, and poisonous relationships, like the stone walls of those castles.
Let the walls of your castle built stone by stone "be loving acts both given and received, not defense mechanisms.
Our heart is the core of who you are ~ your authentic self. Basically your heart is where your dreams, desires, passions live which is that part of you that connects with God as well as other people.
What clothes do you choose to wear for this New Year?
Nope, I am not talking about the clothes in your closet, I am looking at your spiritual clothing. If you want to "Shine during your Daily Walk" you need to be clothed in your "Spiritual Greatness". Stripping off the ugly garments of pride, anger, greed, lying, worry, and impatience doesn't just happen. This requires not just taking an honest look at you in the spiritual mirror at your current apparel which is not Christ like; but involves asking family members and close friends to be candid with you about your character.
When you cooperate with "God's Work" in your life to change your spirit for the better, you surrender the ugly behaviors and invite God to transform you. You then fit into your inner wardrobe that God has designed for you to live your life; The suit of forgiveness. kindness, humility, compassion, patience, joy to name a few.
Put your "Inner Suite of Greatness" into your New Years Resolutions! Debra Vogel
#Spiritual Sunday #UnlockYourGreatness
Every year I ring in the New Year by making resolutions to eat better or get rid of my vices. Basically become the perfect version of me with the mentality that things will be different this year!
Admit it, we all have had these thoughts not just at the beginning of a new year but before the dawn of a new day, week, or even month. The belief that a good night’s sleep with a "Fresh Start" and a clean slate will make it easier to work on the areas of my life that need improvement. That may be a comforting thought, but seriously, it’s a convenient excuse because the right time is now.
There is no resolve in thinking about doing something. If you hesitate to start a new project or mend a relationship because of the past or whatever is holding you back by doing whatever it is you want to do; Remember that this moment is totally new and you can move in the direction you want to go. What are you waiting for? Start again!
If you want something badly enough, you will move from contemplation to action.
I "Your future depends on what you do with your Moment(s) ~ Treat each Moment as an Opportunity" Debra Vogel
Debra Vogel is an entrepreneur, public speaker, real estate professional and the author of Failing Forward. Follow along as she challenges your perception of failure to achieve success in life..