The American Psychological Association states our lives are filled with clutter, whether it’s a desk covered with papers, a kitchen drawer stuffed with items that don’t seem to belong anywhere else, or an overwhelmed mind trying to deal with too much. A cluttered mind is fatiguing and results in poor performance and poor decisions. You can declutter your mind, just as you can declutter your kitchen drawer.
“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control].” 2 Tim 1:7 AMP
Declutter your mind and gain clarity:
Quietly reflecting from a five-day much needed getaway after a hectic personal season that included several exhilarating high AND heartfelt lows...YET I have great anticipation of the Fall season.
After a prayer and solitary walk along the ocean shore I looked up and realized, "Lord, through it ALL I am truly grateful!"
So, I ask you my friend...What do you have to be thankful for?
The power of GRATITUDE.
Starting your day off with some gratitude affirmations is a great way to remind yourself of all the wonderful things you have in your life. When you repeat aloud these affirmations of gratitude, you energize yourself and gain the courage to face the day and all of the frictions and adventures it may bring.
Affirming your gratefulness helps you recognize that you can have what you most want and need in order to reap the fulfilling life you deserve. Joy, money, love, and happiness are yours.
For God said..."Taste and see that He is good."
Affirmations are easy to do and they...
My choices today support my goals for tomorrow.
Each day is a reminder that I am one step closer to my goals. Keeping that in mind helps me to stay on track with the choices I make. I am responsible and mature enough to make strategic life decisions.
The focus that goal achievement requires rarely daunts me. When I think of my future success, I get excited about the prospect of getting there. I commit to what is important.
It is easy to avoid over indulgence when I know I have financial goals. I remind myself that taking care of the important things now is paramount. I am saving indulgence until I am able to celebrate achieving my objectives.
The relationships I form today determine the kind of future support structure I have at my disposal. I am careful with my choice of friends. I want them around for a long time.
When I am at a crossroads, I avoid making a choice based on my emotion of the moment. I realize how easy it is to be reactive when choosing by feelings. Instead, my...
LIFE REFERENCE: LUKE 10:38-42
But Martha was very busy and distracted with all of her serving responsibilities; and she approached Him and said, “Lord, is it of no concern to You that my sister has left me to do the serving alone? Tell her to help me and do her part.”
Biblical Definition of Distraction
A distraction is something that takes your attention away from what you’re supposed to be doing. … Distraction comes from the Latin dis-, “apart,” and trahere, “drag.” So, distraction is when you’re dragged away from your task.
The word in Luke 10:40 (περιεσπᾶτο) in the Greek literally means to drag all around, to draw away and to be driven about mentally. Often that’s what a distraction can feel like…we are being drawn away from purpose, or unable to focus.
And this I say for your own profit, not that...
What is the one goal or activity you want to fulfill this week, month, or year?
It may seem daunting; you feel it will drain you or, in extreme cases, feels the mere act of starting the task will “suck the life juices” out of you!
If you have felt this way, be encouraged you're NOT alone as I shine the light on the enemy of every project God places on my heart.
What is it?
Today, I’m going to expose its meaning, methodology, modes, and, most of all, how to take MASTERY over it!
The dictionary defines it as:
a/ the act or habit of procrastinating, or putting off or delaying, especially something requiring immediate attention.
b/ to delay doing something until a later time because you do not want to do it, because you are lazy, etc.
c/ to keep delaying something that must be done, often because it is unpleasant or boring
Procrastination is a type of avoidance behavior characterized by deferment of actions or...
Happy Independence week to you and yours!
This is the time the United States of America celebrates the Second Continental Congress, meeting in Philadelphia in the Pennsylvania State House (now Independence Hall), approval of the Declaration of Independence, severing the colonies' ties to the British Crown.
We were granted…FREEDOM!
As a forever observant student of life, I am looking forward to the inspired Leadership Lessons from this week's festive experiences
The first inspired lesson arrived EARLY morning…July 4th at 12:30 A.M. from my bedroom balcony as I enjoyed the moon shining on the ocean, my heart heard...
"Michele, will you become INDEPENDENT of worry, doubt and unsubstantiated fear in a NEW degree AND become FULLY dependent upon Me?!"
“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36 NIV
Jesus came to set us FREE…from the “tyranny” of stress, worry, anxiety and fear! He took each of them...
"I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’
Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth—
everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” Isaiah 43:6-8 (NIV)
The Call is STILL the same today…God is calling His people OUT of the corners to SHINE in His marvelous Light.
Why? He redeemed you dear One, He calls you by His Name…He formed you ( yes our lumps, bumps and rumps) for HIS GLORY!
I almost failed to miss this LIBERATING truth and walking into the call of God for my life when I allow the circumstance(s) of my past, moments of poor choices, failures on the path of life and inappropriate responses to hold me mentally and emotionally hold me HOSTAGE …hold me BACK from where God plans to take my life.
Some of the landmines I had to walk through (with the help of God) included...
Like a mom-to-be, I am giddy with my new baby.
You may say---“Congratulations??? But you’re not showing?”
The reality is, I am “heavy with child” on the inside.
My new baby is the slate of creative ideas I am forming for unique processes, projects, and products to help MORE women break-free of self-sabotage mindsets so they may fulfill their God-given goals.
Am I excited? Yes!
Am I scared? Yes!
But I smile as I think of how AWESOME this year is going to be.
I am grateful for the time I have spent formulating these ideas. I am glad that I took the time to make a vision board for this year. My vision board helps to nurture my ideas.
I have my organization plan in place. Now is the time to start developing my new ideas.
God’s timing is always perfect! Is it convenient for us? NO.
Will God’s timing conflict with “your agenda”? YES. [ Just ask Sarah, Mary, and Elizabeth] ...
"Break every chain, Break every chain, break every chain"
Are you familiar with the lyrics of this song?
What is the world's definition of POVERTY?
Poverty is the state of not having enough material possessions or income for a person's basic needs. Poverty may include social, economic, and political elements. Absolute poverty is the complete lack of the means necessary to meet basic personal needs, such as food, clothing, and shelter.
And...What is YOUR definition of poverty?
I'll give you a moment to digest the question then respond.
Now, what is GOD's definition of poverty?
We typically think it's economic deficiencies- a lack of financial resources, or material goods, a lack of "connections
Yet, one of my mentors challenged my mindset in the early years of launching our divinely inspired 501c3 - the Time To Fly Foundation...
As I struggled with:
Where do I find the money to help these women?
Where do I find the resources to guide me?
Who will help me execute the vision?
God sent His Son to heal you, deliver you from self-sabotage mindsets and feelings, and to receive the confidence HE bestows upon you.
Where does genuine confidence originate?
God is your source of confidence because HE is the One who now defines you.
“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7
Yet life is a journey, and there will be seasons, challenges, opportunities that will attack your confidence…sent to rob your self-esteem and make you feel small.
Self-esteem can be fragile, and it’s possible to lose it. A traumatic event can also be a blow to your confidence. How can you deal with a sudden loss of confidence? Is it possible to recover and regain the confidence that is gone?
Your confidence levels can fluctuate, but there are ways to cope.
In many cases, trauma or a negative event is behind this issue.