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Be Yourself And Be Happy!

I love to hike and one of the things that I have learned about hiking is that I have to hike at my own pace or I do not enjoy the experience. I like to hike with others, but I can try to keep up with them or slow down so they can keep up with me, because then I get frustrated and miss the joy of the moment. We hikers have a saying: “Hike Your Own Hike!” which means to hike the way you want to hike – fast or slow, hard or soft, at your pace that allows you to enjoy every moment of the adventure.

Life is a lot like hiking on a trail, but so many of us are missing the joy of life, because we are trying to hike someone else’s hike. We look at “so and so” and they seem to have it made and so we try to hike their hike by looking like them, acting like them, trying to have what they have and we end up totally frustrated and can’t figure out why, so we select another “so and so” and begin the process all over, only to expereince the same frustration and miss out on the joy we were created for and that was created for us.

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.” -Psalms 37:23-24

We have to learn in this life to hike our own hike or live our own life. Stop trying to fit in and be happy just being yourself. I am going to let you in on a little secret: Not everyone in this life is going to like you. Not everyone is always going to agree with your choices. Not everyone is going to applaude your successes and understand your failures, but your life is not for everyone else, it is for you and the people that God brings across your path for you to bless and be blessed by, while you are on your journey. When you learn this, accept this and begin to live this, you will expereince the miracle of joy, happiness and fulfillment.

Look for your trail and then once you get on it, hike it the way you want to hike it and enjoy every step of the amazing journey that has been marked out for you…

How To Not Miss The Beauty Of Life!

There is beauty all around us, we only have to open our eyes to see and observe all that is amazing, wonderful and majestic. There is music for us to dance to, if we will just turn our ears to hear and listen for the beat of a different drum, the wind as it blows through the trees or the sound of nature as it awakes and plays with the day. There is pleanty to touch us, heal us and lift us up, if and when we allow our hearts to feel and experience the love that surrounds us, the hope that fills us and the miracles that bless us.

Our probelm is that we often miss the seeing, hearing and feeling of life because we allow ourselves to become distracted by the illlusions of life that convince us that life is something other than what it really is. We think that life is work, posessions or opinions, when in reality, life is life. There is an old saying that says: “Be careful or you might miss the forest for the trees.” I say: “Be careful or you might miss life because of what you think life is supposed to be.

“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.” -Psalms 19:1-3

If we will take the time to reframe our thinking, so that we might tap back into the way we were originally created to think, we will see beatuiful manifestations of divinity all around us. We will hear the sweet music of all of creation singing praise to our purpose. And we will feel, really feel the gorgeous feelings that words cannot even come close to explaining.

We are surronded by evidence that reminds us that this world is an amazing place, filled with incredible, gifted people. That there are amzing opportunities and unexplainable miracles waiting just around the next corner. Embrace the senses that God has given you and open yourself up to experience the flow of incredible blessings that make life worth the living.

Stop hiding in the distractions of busyness and missing the miracles that visit to fellowship with you, grow you and bless you. Nature surrounds us with beauty, friendships bless us with healing tenderness and miracles do not have to be seen or heard, only experienced. Open yourself up to the something better you were created for and enjoy this amazing gift called life… You will be glad you did!

Like What You See?

Do you like what you see? Take a good, honest look at your life and the answer might surprise you, because it may be that you do like what you see and you didn’t think you were going to, or it may be that you do not like what you see and you thought you were going to love it. Most likely you will find yourself some where in between, with some things you love, some things you hate and some things some where in between.

I have found that the great majority of us, just sorta tend to tolerate life. We have moments we love and moments we hate, but most of us end up living the majority of our lives in the “blahs”, stuck somewhere in between love and hate. On some level, we know we were created for more, but we are just too tired to even try to think our way through it.

Every now and then though, something comes along and moves us out of our comfort zone to the place that we can’t help but take a moment or two to imagine what our life might look life if we were really living it the way we sometimes catch ourselves dreaming. We think about the person we could be, should be and would be, if???

Have you ever caught a glimpse of yourself, when you had it all together? Have you ever seen the “put together” you, full of energy, great ideas and experiencing the miraculous in all directions? When we see it, we believe it and for just a moment want it, but then life wakes us up and we go right back to thinking about what might have been?

Could I suggest a different way to look at life? Could I maybe point out another possibility of how we can possibly see things? Rather than thinking about would’ve, could’ve and should’ve – how about we see ourselves as God our Creator sees us?

In Ephesians 1:3-4 it says: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.”

God sees us from beginning to end and from end to beginning! God sees the total picture of all that we’ve been through, survived and grown from. If you are still living, then you are still a work in progress, so don’t you dare give up and don’t for one moment entertain the thought of giving in, because God has great big amazing plans for you! See it, believe it, live it – you’ll be glad you did!