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Husband, Dad Spiritual Coach, Teacher, Author, Hiker, Outdoorsman, Big Kid, One who is just passing through! I choose to heal, grow, learn, develop, laugh, live and above all love...

Wake Up To The Light!

If you get up early enough in the morning, it will still be dark. I usually get up somewhere between 5:30 AM and 6:00 AM, get ready, make a cup of coffee and head outside, where it is usually dark, still and quiet, to spend the first moments of my day with my Master.

I take a little time to pray, read some Scripture and just meditate. In the process of taking this time, I am blessed with the added benefit of watching as the sun comes up and the light chases away the darkness and presents us all with the gift of a brand new day.

During these mornings, I am blown away by what a special gift “light” is. I mean just think about it: The light not only chases away the darkness, but reveals blessings we couldn’t see. When we open the eyes of our heart, mind and soul to the light that is all around us, we will receive the blessing of living an amazing life.

“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” -John 8:12

Wake up to the light and enjoy the life of freedom you were createf for! 🙏🏻

The Gift Of Together!

The mornings are an extra special gift that I have learned to aprreciate more and more, especially as I get a little older and hopefully wiser. This moring was a beautiful morning out and this is another thing I have learned to appreciate – the outside, nature and the surroundings of creation.

This morning I woke up thinking about how blessed I am to get to do this thing called life with others. I mean, the fact that I don’t have to do it all by myself, but that I get to do it with family and friends of all ages from all walks of life, who make the tapestry of my day to day reality so much sweeter is really a very special thing.

The Bible says in Galatians 6:2 – “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” which seems to be an indication that we are not meant to do life on our own but with the help of one another. We hlep others, because God has helped us.

I am very grateful for all of those who contribute to my life and living and to all of those, who allow me to contribute to their life and living. The give and take of doing life together with those that we love and appreciate really does make a difference in the quality of the life we live.

Take some time today to think about the family and friends who make your life better. Think about the diffrence they make and then take the time to let them know how much you appreciate it – they will be glad you did and you will too!

What To Do When Life Gets You Down!

I love alone time, just sitting by myself, having time to think through the things I am facing. Slowing down and being by myself takes time and is sometimes very hard work. It’s good work, because it grows me so that I may grow through whatever life happens to throw my way.

I’ve noticed that every now and then, life throws me a curve and no matter how many positive practices I’ve put into place, sometimes it all just tends to get to me. Those negative emotions begin to flow in and start taking up space in my head, heart and life.

The negative emotions of sadness, shame, guilt anger, fear, regret and hate come flooding in and battle for control. When the negativity begns to overwhelm me and I find that my mind by itself is not strong enough to overcome and give me my freedom, then I have to resort to other discipliines.

I can analize my depression all day long and if I am not careful, I will just dig the hole even deeper. Sometimes I need more than positive affirmations, encouraging words and “attaboys” to pick myself up off the floor and get back to this thing called life.

Sometimes I need God to pick me up, dust me off, hold me close and wisper in my ear that everything is going to be okay. I need God to brush my hair out of my eyes, wipe away my tears and breathe His courage and strength into me.

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” -Isaiah 41:10

While I do my best to avoid these times of negativity, there are days that they cannot be avoided. They just have to be lived through faced, learned from and dealt with. I have discovered a few disciplines that assist me in getting my life into alignment with God’s Spirit and help me recover, learn and grow at a greater pace.

1. Take And Make Time To Write! When I write, I think through things, I look at things from different perspectives and I work my way through to the best place. Writing is release! Sometimes I write, draw, paint, craft or plant. All of these are forms of self expression which help me to get in touch with who and what I am. Release is a powerful and beautiful thing, but it does not happen my accident.

2. Serve Others! When I do something for someone else, it helps me to take my eyes off of myself, which actually helps me to see things from a much clearer perspective, which helps me to get real with myself and others. It may be writing a hand written note of encouragement, giving something special to someone to let them know I am thinking about them or just lending a helping hand…

3. Practice Gratitude! This one tends to end up on every list, because it really is a great big difference maker. Take time to make a list of all the things that you have to be grateful for. If you do this right, then you will have a very big list, because even when life is though, we are still a very blessed people. Sometimes we just need to remind ourselves of how blessed we are…

You have a greater power than you realize and when life gets tough, you just have to take the steps to remind yourself of just how powerful you are. You’ve got this, because He’s got you…