Category Archives: Growing

The Miracle Of Restoration!

Looking back on my life, I can see so many times where I made mistakes, committed sin and missed the mark. I like to think I have learned and grown from most of those experiences. The major thing I have learned from my failures, is that God is uniquely merciful, abounding in grace and infinitely loving. His forgiveness and restoration encourages me to live and learn and one of the greatest ways I have found to do that is by showing my appreciation for what God has done by learning from my mistakes, atoning for my sins and making amends for where I have failed others.

I receive forgiveness, not because I deserve it, but so that my heart might be freed up from the energy that is wasted in a battle of shame caused by the continual back and forth with guilt. I am God’s special creation and With His unconditional love, He shows me that my value is not based on what I have or have not done, but on who he is and who he created me to be. Romans 5:2 says: “Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”

God’s goal for us is blessing. God is not trying to catch us doing something wrong. God is attempting to help us grow to our best. He does that, not by punishing us, but by correcting us. The process of our turning from our sin and turning to our God allows atonement to do a work in our heart and life, enabling us to live life at the higher place We were created for. Atonement provides us the opportunity to begin again as many times as we need to, because the purpose is our education and growth, not our punishment and eradication. It is God using His gifts of love, grace and mercy to lift us up, grow us and empower us for the greater life of blessing we were created for.

Open your heart to recognize and learn from your mistakes, sins and failures. Allow atonement to do its work in, on and through your life by accepting responsibility for your dishonesty, laziness and carelessness which has caused harm to both yourself and others. Pray for and reach out to those you have wronged or who have been impacted by your wrong and seek healing and restoration. Learn from your challenges and grow to be the person of blessing you were created to be.

May your life be filled with His love that overcomes fear and supernatural light that illuminates and chases away the darkness.

Getting Rid Of Unnecessary Weight!

One of my favorite things to do in my spare time is get out into nature. A fun way to do this is to load up my back pack and head out into the woods to escape to nowhere for a few days and just enjoy the creation of my surroundings. One of the things you learn after taking a few of these trips is that a lot of the stuff you pack, you don’t really need. Most people tend to carry around a lot of unnecessary weight and it doesn’t take long to learn the importance of getting rid of the unnecessary burden of extra weight. This is true on the trail and in life…

A burden is extra weight and is usually weight that is unnecessary. This is weight we can get rid of, if we want to and are willing to go through the process. We just have to surrender, let go of, be willing to give up what is weighing us down and there is great blessing in taking the time and making the effort. Stop for just a moment and think about what it is that is weighing you down. Make a “BURDEN LIST” and identify the things on that list that you need to let go of. And now, let’s make a plan to get rid of the unnecessary weight.

When you look at your burden list, what on the list can you do something about? If you can do something about it, then do it and move on. If you can’t do anything about it, then surrender it to God and move on. Either way, the key move for you to make is to “MOVE ON!” That mean’s get out from under the unnecessary burden and stop carrying around weight that is keeping you from your best and blessed life.

What are you carrying around right now that you need to surrender and let go of?

Jesus said in Matthew 28 – “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Be honest with yourself and with your Creator, and release whatever it is to God. You do not have to carry these unecessary burdens into your day as if they are some critical part of your human experience. Take it off of your back and put it in God’s hands. When you are powerless, He is powerful and this is usually the point that supernatural miracles begin to manifest themselves in our life.

Spirit will illuminate the darkness and love will overcome fear. With my thoughts, I identify the unnecessary weight of the burdens that are weighing me down and place them on the altar of sacrifice in my mind and willingly surrender them to God, knowing and trusting that God is alive and powerful in my Spirit, enabling me to overcome any challenges, so that I might experience the victory, blessings and growth I was created for.

You are not alone and you do not have to carry all the weight of life by yourself. Your Creator is waiting for you to allow Him to help you lighten your load by taking your burdens from you. Spirit will help your thinking to rise to a higher place of experience, so that you discover your supernatural strength that opens this human experience to miracles of love and light that chase away fear and illuminate darkness, which gets rid of the unnecessary weight you should have never been carrying around anyway.

At the end of the day, the point is: You should be enjoying this journey! This is much easier to do when you are not lugging around all that extra and unnecessary weight, so let it go…

If You’re Happy And You Know It!

When I was a little boy, we used to sing an activity song called: “If You’re Happy And You Know It…” We would sing the lyrics and follow them up with the action of clapping our hands, stomping our feet and shouting hop-ray… Here are the lyrics:

If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands (clap clap)
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands (clap clap)
If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands. (clap clap)

If you’re happy and you know it, stomp your feet (stomp stomp)
If you’re happy and you know it, stomp your feet (stomp stomp)
If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it
If you’re happy and you know it, stomp your feet. (stomp stomp)

If you’re happy and you know it, shout “Hurray!” (hoo-ray!)
If you’re happy and you know it, shout “Hurray!” (hoo-ray!)
If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it
If you’re happy and you know it, shout “Hurray!” (hoo-ray!)

If you’re happy and you know it, do all three (clap-clap, stomp-stomp, hoo-ray!)
If you’re happy and you know it, do all three (clap-clap, stomp-stomp, hoo-ray!)
If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it
If you’re happy and you know it, do all three. (clap-clap, stomp-stomp, hoo-ray!)

When we are little kids, happiness seems so much easier. Happiness is easy, we just have to make up our mind to choose happiness over everything else. Emotions are up and then there down, much like a roller coaster. Circumstances change from good to bad and then back again. We experience it all, but always with the ability to choose our response.

What really matters is the eternal spiritual reality of love. It is unchanging and offers a solid foundation for building a life that matters, a life that can withstand whatever the world chooses to throw its way.

You have the power! Use it to choose eternal, spiritual thoughts of love. Move beyond what your physical senses are telling you and listen to the message found in between the beats of your heart. Accept life as it is and live in the security that everything has a purpose. Remember that love overcomes fear and light chases away darkness, this is your super power.

You have a choice – choose happiness by surrendering to Spirit and overcome the emotions that attempt to ensnare you and keep you from your created purpose. If your happy and you know it, clap your hands, stomp you feet and shout hoo-ray…

Movin’ On Up!

When I was younger, there was a show called “The Jefferson’s”. It was about George and Wheezie Jefferson and their dry cleaning business which after a lot of sacrifice and hard work finally took off and provided them a life that allowed them to “Move On Up,” The theme song was a catchy tune with the following lyrics:

“Fish don’t fry in the kitchen;
Beans don’t burn on the grill.
Took a whole lotta tryin’
Just to get up that hill.
Now we’re up in the big leagues
Gettin’ our turn at bat.
As long as we live, it’s you and me baby
There ain’t nothin wrong with that.

Well we’re movin on up,
To the east side.
To a deluxe apartment in the sky.
Movin on up
To the east side.
We finally got a piece of the pie.”

Movin’ On Up is what we were all created for!

Who are you? What are you going to be when you grow up? Where do you see yourself in the future? All variations of the same question and all almost impossible to truly answer, because we are continually becoming. Life tends to build to moments and moments to renewal and renewal to becoming something totally different.

At this moment, you are a reflection of what you’ve done or not done, where you’ve been or not been and everything experienced and missed has contributed to who, what and where you are right now in this moment. The truly beautiful thing is that in this moment you are ready to head into your next moment and you can be, do and experience whatever you want, if you will just make the decision.

Someone said that we are always one decision away from a totally different life. What I can pretty much assure you is that you were created for so much more than what you are allowing yourself to experience and while life has been building to this moment, this moment is not the end, but the beginning.

This moment is your opportunity to advance, to level up to grow into all that you have been created for. Everything you have been through good and bad, every feeling of up and dow, all the mountain tops and valley experiences have worked together to bring you to this time and place, so that you might go to the next great place of your creating.

God allows us to go low, so that He might take us high. God allows us to wander in the valley, so we might appreciate the breathtaking views from the mountaintops. God allows us to struggle, battle and fight, so that we might develop the strength, wisdom and stamina to go somewhere we’ve never been before.

It’s time to realize and believe once and for all: “What didn’t kill me, has made me stronger!” And the purpose of it all is to help get me to a new, better and more amazing place of living. Enjoy this new day, this new place and all the new blessings that come with it. You are amazing, you are blessed and you are movin’ on up…

The Journey To Fulfillment!

There is a plan and purpose for this human experience that we call life. The question we should be asking ourselves is: “Am I allowing my life to come into alignment with the Spirit and the loving plan the Master Creator has for me?” Remember: There are no accidents, everything is intentional flowing from the Devine mind of love and light.

The goal is purpose, fulfillment, happiness and satisfaction for all that have a heartbeat. The key is making sure that my life, love and light align with the life, love and light of the Spirit of which I am a part and which is a part of me. what am I seeking, working for or trying to manifest? Have I allowed my ego to distract me and cause me to get caught up in the blame game or have I allowed myself to get so frustrated that I’m stuck somewhere back in my past sins, failures and disappointments?

The ego will try to persuade me that I am what I do, what I have or who I think people say I am and the danger of buying into this lie is that it causes me to get caught up in competition, which keeps me from collaboration in creation with my Creator, who has made me in His image. Every moment of everyday, I have a choice to make. I can give into the ego and choose the ordinary or I can align with LOVE and choose the supernatural.

My intention determines my inspiration, which provides my instruction that teaches me to overcome fear with love and illuminate darkness with light. God is always at work on my behalf, the question that really matters is: Will I join Him? I am blessed and my blessing grows when I share it with others, so take whatever you’ve been given and share it in such a way that it improves and makes life better for others and then be amazed at how your life aligns with the Spirit, who reveals your created purpose and offers you a journey to fulfillment…

The Power Of Allowing!

Do you ever find yourself trying to make things happen? I have lived my human experience long enough to to realize that this is a great recipe for disaster and frustration. So often, I have tried to organize my life and get it on the track as I think it should be, only to get smacked up side the head with something out of left field that I could have never expected or anticipated.

The universe is an amazing creation and it did not happen by accident. It was created by the Master with a plan, purpose and design to help and facilitate our growth and connection. The universe does not need our help, it just needs us to get out of it’s way and let it do it’s thing. I don’t need to see the big picture or have all the answers. I just need to learn to live moment by moment for the moment that it is.

I am a creator, but I don’t have to create the moments, they have already been created for me. The purpose of the moment is not for me to create the moment, but to create the blessings to be enjoyed in the moment. My task is to live the moment, enjoy the moment, grow and become in the moment. I do not have to create the path, just enjoy traveling upon it.

I was created by love and for love. Moments offer me the opportunity to allow love to flow. It comes to me and if I am doing it right, then I allow it to flow through me to others. There is no struggle of push or pull, just a simple enjoyment of all that is. All things that matter grow from love and love causes all the things that I need to find me and become a part of my life.

Love is the magnetic force that pulls me to my purpose and it is love that brings into my life everything I need to become all I was created to be. Love enables me to repel the negative and attract the positive, so that I expereince the fulfillment I was created for.

Stop trying to make something happen and simply allow what is happening to do whatever it is that it is supposed to be doing. This is how we stay out of the way and how the Spirit guides and grows us into the love, joy and peace, we were created for.