Reflections, Changes, Passions

The past few days I have watched my Pastor and his family gracefully walk through the loss of a loved one.I have peered through the windows as many others have and what I have taken away from all of them and the loved one they lost is to live my life with greatness for the Lord Jesus Christ.

I have also been watching YouTube videos by His and Her Money and trying to figure out this thing called finances. In one of their episodes, they spoke about the habits of the rich vs the habits of the poor with Tom Corley. There were many things that jumped out at me, but one such thing is that the rich read at least 30 min or more to learn and they do what they are passionate about, not what they have to do to make a paycheck.

So with these 2 things I began to realize, 1 I am NOT living a life full of greatness and worthiness of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. 2 I began to ask myself what I am passionate about and what others see in me as my passions. And 3, I have never willingly read to learn, I have always read for pleasure, enjoyment, and escapement from my reality.

In 9 days I will be 47 years old. Life is steady passing me by and time has been wasted that I absolutely cannot get back. I have lived a life of mediocrity, fear, and now of regret. Over the last 5 days I have begun to re-evaluate my life and what I am doing and how I am living, the example I have been for my children and the legacy I am creating for the generations to come after me.

To say I got depressed for a moment would be an understatement. I have literally wasted 47 years of my life not living up to my full potential, but more than that, not living up to the fullness and purpose that God created me for. However, this I know, it is never too late to begin. And as Joel 2:25, God will make up to me for the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the creeping locust, the stripping locust, and the gnawing locust. God can do the impossible, including restore to me the years that I have wasted, given away, or that have been stolen from me.

Now for this half of my life, I must act with urgency and make the most of the time God allots for me. I have much to make up for and only God knows how long He has given me. I have things to change for myself, my children, and my grandson and any future grand-children.
I have to get out of debt and stop being a slave to others…which is essentially what debt does to you. I want to go after my passions and not just work to make a paycheck. Yes, I know that for now I must work to pay my bills, but I can also work towards learning all I can regarding my passions so that when I switch my career to walk in my passions I will at least know what I am doing and what I am talking about. I have things to change and I don’t have much time.

So with all of this, I began to question what am I passionate about? And how do I get out of debt? How do I live my best life now? What will I do to reach these answers?
How do I live my best life now? Keep seeking God and He will walk with me and equip me to live my life to the fullest. I have to be in the moment, live on purpose, and be intentional about all that I am doing.

What am I passionate about? Well, I felt that I was passionate about sewing and gardening, but to make sure that I was not biased, I asked a few people in my life that are pretty close to me and know me rather well; my daughter, sister and best friend. They all said the same thing….sewing/gardening, along with God, my family, my children, my nieces/nephews, clean eating, teaching others, and so forth. My dream job is to work for myself doing those first 2 things, gardening/sewing. So now that those things have been identified, I can begin to read for the sole purpose of learning those things as well as reading more to learn more about God and drawing closer to Him.

How to get out of debt? I have been watching His and Her Money & Alyssa Nicole on YouTube. I am writing out my vision and plans so that I can begin to implement them into my day to day financial life. I am noticing that some of the things they speak about are things I had begun to do while in Virginia and had no idea it was a strategy to getting out of debt. I just knew it was working for me and I was indeed slowly climbing out of debt. I was on the right path and had no idea it was a thing others were actually doing and using to become debt free as well.

Don’t ever think that it’s too late and time has run out for you to make changes. As long as God gives you breath, you have time to start now and make changes. You can still live your best life now, you have to be willing to work for it and you may have to make some sacrifices for it, but it IS possible. Don’t let another moment pass you by, don’t walk in another moment of regret. God has not called you home so live today like there is no tomorrow and you have a job to accomplish before He does.

Spending Time With God

It’s been way too long. I’m making it a goal in this New Year to be more purposeful with posting on a regular basis. I’ve done this before and surely I can do it again.

Without further ado, let’s get right into my topic. How do you spend more time with God or are you daily looking back wishing you had spent more time with God? I spent some time with God in 2016, but not nearly as much as I had hoped when I looked back over my year. What I don’t want is to look back over 2017 and wish I had again.

So what happens when we don’t spend good quality time with God? Though He never leaves us, He does seem distant from us. The relationship is not nearly as strong as it could be. Think of your earthly relationships. You have people in your life that you spend time with daily or if you’re single at least several times throughout the week. Yet you also have those relationships that you don’t cultivate nearly as often and though you still have some type of relationship it may not be as strong as it could be.

How do we spend time with God? He’s not physically here with us, so exactly how do we do it? We do it by reading His Word and getting to know Him (He already knows us) and through prayer (simple conversation). Some people do these things for hours at a time, some of us may only have 15 min. at a time throughout our day. Whatever the case may be, the goal is to do something.

Now this has to be meaningful time, not just something to check off of a list to say that you did it. You have to desire it. If you don’t desire it, it’s just going to feel like a chore that you have to do daily and chores can become boring to the point that you begin to dread doing them until finally you slack off doing them or they suffer to some degree when you do them.

I love God with everything in me. I desperately want to know Him and have Him as an active member in my life. I don’t want it to seem that the only time I go to Him is when I need or want something. So for me, it’s a desire that can’t be quenched. I want more of Him. And the more I get, the more I want.

So I’ve started my year out with a fast that tends to get me back on track with my hearts desire. I’ve created a routine for myself for Monday – Friday, the weekends are a bit more lax since I don’t have to go to work. Each morning I get up 15-30 minutes earlier to not only get prepared for work and to get my smoothie made, but to have at least 15 min. of quiet time in prayer and in His Word and then I’m out the door and off to work. Once I arrive home in the evening it’s shower, dinner, prepare meals for the following day, and I sit for an hour afterwards for a little down time; at least for now it’s down time. About 30 minutes before I’m ready to head to my room, I steep my tea so that it’s ready to drink when I climb in bed. Then it’s tea time and more quiet time in His Word and prayer. While I’m fasting, I’ve also gotten off all social media.

SAY WHAT????

Shocking huh? LOL, well for me it really wasn’t that hard. I’m not a huge fan of social media to begin with. I prefer quality time with people and talking with people versus social media. I also enjoy my sewing, quilting, and gardening time. 😉

So I simply make time for God. And I say simply because it is as simple as a choice. We make time for what we love. So choose what you want in this life. Choose what is important to you and prepare/plan a way to make it happen. In a sense, you are the captain of your ship (life) and you get to decide which way your life goes…to a degree.

I hope this has been helpful for you and that maybe it sparked something within your heart, a yearning, a desire for more of God!

Please share some of the ways you make time to spend with God.

See you in the next post!