(Source: Bible Gateway)
(Source: Bible Gateway)
These are my running insights from my run this morning.
1) "Everything rides on faith."
Even getting out of bed in the morning requires faith that the ground will be there to catch your feet … so for those of you who say you have no faith, reconsider that belief today. You clearly do or you wouldn't trust getting out of bed in the morning nor would you stick around life to see what happens. You know you're here for a reason and a BIG one at that. And you know there's something much greater happening than you can explain. I like to call that God.
2) "Everything will teach you something."
There is not one thing, not one person, wasted in life. Everything you encounter today will teach you something… about yourself! Pay attention. God's amazing and it's a glorious life.
3) "How about something new today? How about something different?"
Let us get out of our ruts. Let them teach you something and then get out of them and experience something new and different in your life so that you may grow and add beauty continually into your life.
All my love always,
It is 4:30 AM in Miami. It's dark out, of course, but I love waking this early. It's my time to write and think in a space of stillness and silence. It's my time to connect with God and with my soul.
Most people in this part of the world are sleeping still and yet some are still up from the night before. Some had a genuinely wonderful time, some are paying the price of what was supposed to be a "good" time. Others tried to sleep but simply couldn't… they have tossed and turned all night through with worries and concerns and everything that is not real or true.
Regardless of the time wherever you are, this is what's real for each and every one of us: at ALL times, we are either living in the light or in spiritual darkness and you can be in shackles with the latter or you can be free.
The choice is yours. (whoa!)
At ALL times.
So, choose wisely, I say.
The choice is quite simple too, actually.
There is no darkness in God.
No deceit. No hypocrisy.
No doubts. Only light.
Believe God is goodness.
Believe God is love.
Believe God loves you (yes, you!) and wants to bless you.
Be free as you walk in the Gospel.
Be in joy as you live in the light.
LORD ALMIGHTY, we are surrounded by a horrible, vast word which encompasses all manner of physical, emotional and psychological dysfunction both outside and within ourselves. It tries – and often succeeds – to cut off the fullness of our lives and our very lives themselves. There is SO MUCH information on it as there is on all else in this great world of ours and yet our people perish for lack of knowledge. How can it be that cancer can invade and pillage life and us like this?
WE NEED TO TALK, people. We need to get honest. We need to get real with ourselves and our lives and own who we are.
WE NEED TO THINK about the decisions we make in every area of our lives and, particularly, about how we spend our time from day to day.
WE NEED TO STOP the surface-scratching, fake conversations and topics we waste our precious time on while the world – and we – go to h.e.l.l. in a hand-basket.
It is NON-SENSE. Utter non-sense. And we know it.
We ALL know it.
Let us stop trying a hundred different drugs and medical procedures which do not cure us of what truly ails us – this lack of belief in our Creator, ourselves and our greatness, and each other.
Let us stop this deep-seated fear that we are unloveable and don't deserve to be as awesome as He made us… and that we don't deserve to live in a beautiful world where people take care of one another and no one goes without.
WE NEED TO LIVE WITH THE DIGNITY OF THE POWER OF GOD AT OUR BACKS!
LORD ALMIGHTY, we need to stop playing so small.
Sickness, discomfort, OUTRIGHT TORTURE, pain.
Ruins, weeping, such sorrow.
BEING OUR ALMOST-SELVES.
When will we have had enough of all this, of tears, of farewells?
When will we realize how precious time is?
How valuable we are?
When will we bridge the distance within ourselves and between each other?
When will we learn to SINCERELY connect and be close and to admire and appreciate one another?
LORD ALMIGHTY, MAY WE BE BOLD AND LIVE AND LOVE LIKE YOU DID – FULL ON, FULL-OUT … STARTING RIGHT NOW!
not one day, someday, maybe
And may we, in doing so, put all disease in its place … "you, little thing of our human race of the past, of our old selves, are now long-gone and forgotten!"
Our deeper, true selves KNOW how whole and complete and perfect we are…
May we do ourselves and God justice and own this outright.
May we BE AS HUGE AS WE WERE MEANT TO BE from this moment on, right here, right now.
All my love always,
We have a flawed concept of life in this world that makes it all seem like a storm…
Love is so much greater, don't you know?
SO much greater!
It shows up in pictures, in words, in music.
It shows up in a look, a hug, in moments of sheer joy and utter fear.
The things we human beings pursue are pointless.
Looks, money, security, power, status…
ALL OF THEM will be gone with our death.
We know nothing of care, of being there for others.
We live in our judgments, in our heads.
Think further into life.
Don't stay in the shallow end.
Don't sleepwalk through this.
You – the spirit that is you – are here.
Awaken to that reality.
You are not just flesh-and-bone.
Don't just go through the motions.
You are so much more, don't you know?
SO much more!
Stop living life intellectually.
Stop being an unconscious follower.
Discover your TRUE self.
Help yourself and help others.
Connect to your heart.
Stop the apathy.
Live in truth, in love, in power.
Mature in your humanity.
Love God, love people, love life.
Have clarity, passion, wisdom, joy.
Be the real you.
Be as free as you were created to be.
All my love always,
I have been moving in every sense of the word in my life – moving, moving, MOVING, baby!
Moving as in home location…
Moving as in progressing in all sorts of ways…
Moving onward as we either do (or don't do) in life.
Let me tell you, it has been something! Something exciting, something awesome, some kind of wonderful!
Now, sometimes, when you are going through times of change or difficulty, some people think that it is all BAD, BAD, BAD and they'll try to steer you away from your path!
But let me tell you a secret… when you are moving toward what you want in life and what you know is righteous for you and in integrity with your heart and soul and for what God has for you and your life, there is no real "bad" to speak of. Whatever is happening while you are moving is ALL par for the course and all you have to do is make darn sure you keep your eyes on the ball and keep on moving forward in spite of every and all obstacles, challenges AND, especially, naysayers that show up and try to get in your way.
That's what I have done for the last 5 years and may I just say what an amazing trip this has been?! Holy moly! A-MAAAAA-ZING!
After all has been said and done, after all that has come and gone, this is where I am today…
First, I moved from Homestead to Cutler Bay on New Year's Eve.
Yahoo!!! I didn't expect to move until the end of January but when you align with God and declare with conviction that you're ready, God makes the whole world move and lines things up for you in ways YOU never ever could! Amen? Take it from me and my personal experience… AMEN indeed!
I said to my husband "we will find a home and move in 3 days" – this after 2 MONTHS of being unsuccessful – and that's exactly what we proceeded to do. We then counted how many things had to come together and be perfectly aligned for this to happen and 14 was the number. That's, of course, what we can see God did… imagine how many things God worked out, as they say, behind our very backs, that we can't see! Wow-wee!!!
Listen, it is AWESOME what only He can do! Some people tend to give the credit to the Universe and whatever floats people's boats is whatever does. Personally, I prefer to give all credit and glory to God. He created the Universe, He moves it and everything and everyone in it, He's the one who makes it ALL go round and round. It's enough to leave me jaw-on-the-floor-speechless and as a writer and speaker, let me tell you, that is hard to do! But God can do ANYTHING, especially the hard stuff and the seemingly impossible. That's where He excels and me? Well, I'm just grateful He helps me in so many ways through the thoughts, feelings, values, actions, people, places and things He puts in my life.
So, yes, in 3 days we moved, indeed.
Cutler Bay is only 20 minutes north but I reaaaally wanted to move up in the state and not further down as I'd been doing since 2009. My hubby and I had been looking in the area as I said for 2 MONTHS without success but we were 100% sure we would find just the right home there. We had already even found the perfect church for us – the exact kind of church we were looking and praying for - just up the street from where we wanted to be and where we ended up. We had even been attending it these past couple of months in full-on anticipation that this is where we would be.
It's pretty amazing, really, and we were awestruck at how it all sure as day fell right into place but we were not at all shocked because we know this is how God works not just in our lives but in all of our lives. Honestly we all just have to notice it, acknowledge it, give thanks for it and honor it. Give credit where credit is especially abundantly due and know that God is great like this ALL the time.
Just as in location, I also wanted to move up in life and not go any further down too. We'd been to the depths as it has been quite the stripping of all unnecessary things in my life these last few years and I was down to nothing, downright naked and done! I was over it and I was especially over all the nonsense from others and even from myself. I'm talking I was complete and d-o-n-e, DONE! … in every way … and focused on what I wanted and not just in a church, city or house either.
Talk about feeling solid and whole.
I have never felt more alive or brand new.
And, talk about perfect timing!
How perfect that it should all have come together at the beginning of a new year!
My work is moving forward likewise too. Woo hoo!!! Nothing makes me happier because it is through my work that I get to be there for you and I just love what I do. So now that I'm just about all moved in, I am going through boxes of writings and notes and putting together my classes and books. This is what I will be doing all throughout this year. [ Helllllooooo! YES! Dreams do come true! ]
My first class – Discover Your Life Purpose – will be next Tuesday, January 13, 2015 (the whole story behind this post will be told there as well as how I discovered MY purpose, how YOU can discover yours, step-by-step instructions, what is KEY and what pitfalls to avoid and much more … you can click here to see receive all the details and register.)
Then, Scott and I will be doing a Special Event – speaking and performing - in February - Saturday, 2/21/15 (it will definitely be recorded and we may Livestream it too … stay tuned for all the details here)
And, last but not least, my book – The Unfurling of Narah Valenska - will finally see the light of day this year and will feature a very special and personal 30-day Book Club / Facebook Private Group from March until April (don't miss it and be the first to know when details are released here).
So, yep! Moving. Lots of moving. That's what's happening around here.
Moving on up.
Moving lives, hearts and souls as created to by…
Heart to heart.
Soul to soul.
All my love always,
P.S. The picture at the very top was one of our children's Christmas presents this year. We found out on Christmas Eve that we would be moving here so we made this one of their Christmas gifts. After a year of living in a home in utter disrepair, in a bad area of town, and in great poverty YET working consistently and believing for more, for what God had in store for us, for being whom we are meant to be, we made it and nothing could be sweeter! To see the video of the amazing moment on Christmas morning when we surprised our kids with this, click here.
A few years ago (nearly 6 now), I went through a life-altering period. A certain someone came into my life and turned it upside down or right side up I should say, actually. It says in the Bible that there is a time for everything in life, a season, and this was a time in my life for me to grow and become wiser. I myself, in fact, was the very one who had asked for it, prayed for it even, and here it was.
I'd been tolerating a rather hectic life and an empty marriage but could barely recognize it as I did not know what normal was and was also too busy beating myself up for my reality. I took all the responsibility and was convinced if it was to be, it was up to me.
Deep down, however, my spirit had a sense that it wasn't all me and it simply would not shush. I could not sleep in peace to save my life. I went around and around in circles for probably a couple of years trying to fix the situation, trying to change and fix me, this after a lifetime (from 17 to 37 years old) of already having done so. This was, of course, to no avail. The more and the harder I tried, the more elusive my peace and happiness seemed to become. I was definitely at a crossroads.
As all the paths and options were one-by-one clearly laid out before me, I wanted to take NONE of them. I was deathly afraid of making the wrong choice, of pain, of all that I didn't know. Not knowing what to do, what course to take, had me realize it was time for my ever trusty pen and paper where everything makes sense and life and the world come together like a puzzle does when its final piece is put in its rightful place or like the story does at the end of a 30-minute sitcom episode. With all the joy knowing this entails, I pulled my journal out to settle myself and my heart down and get myself my answers and my peace. I was heart-skipping-a-beat excited! But then, nothing. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. My words completely failed me.
So there I was…
First instinct, I start to panic, of course.
I cannot hear myself think. I cannot hear my soul. There is so much drama in my life that it is drowning me out something fierce.
I wrestle with the current and feel confused by the jumble of words in my head. NONE of them make sense.
I am silent as I stare at the blank page as I do a blinking cursor and feel agitated by my impotence to get lose from its grip so that I can express what's inside and simply breathe again.
I fight for control.
But then in the midst of that struggle and fight for me, my life, my soul, I can see the sun breaking through the clouds and clarity appears.
I decide to refuse to let the rip tide take me down any more.
I decide to tune EVERYTHING and EVERYONE out so that I can connect again to my heartbeat and my life force, to the real me and to my God.
I stop struggling the moment I do.
I get still and my eyes close.
I go to the deep recesses of my heart and soul where I come face-to-face with my spirit's call.
It is there I can get a real grip and the courage to say to myself,
Oh my God!
What is it?
What is it already?!
What is it you want to say?
What is it you NEED to say?
And out comes the still, small voice, calm as ever, of course, as words etched right unto the paper as they have been unto my heart from day one, all along:
You are worthy.
You are worthy.
You are worthy.
Simple as that.
Straight from God.
I am worthy.
You are worthy.
It's the reason Jesus chose to die on a cross.
So that we would all understand that.
So that we would all understand just how much we are loved.
All my love to you always,