Making Room for What Really Matters

Most of us lead pretty full lives, yes? We are always on the go. Our to do lists are never ending and the activities never ceasing. But yet, in those still quiet moments, we get that gnawing feeling that somehow we are unfulfilled – something needs to change. Ever feel that way?

It happens to most of us from time to time. It’s kind of like when our closets are bulging with clothes or the attic or tool shed is so packed we can’t find anything. We stand there in confusion wondering how to find what it is we’re looking for.  Do we really know?

If the rooms of our lives are so full with stuff i.e activities, how can we possibly know and then make room for what truly matters to us? Begin by throwing out what is no longer useful.

Every 6 months or so, I ask myself this question “What am I holding on to that I no longer need? and then I begin an inventory of my life. I start with the easy and mundane like my kitchen drawers and cabinets. Then I move on to the house and closets. Then it’s time to analyze the deeper things like my priorities, my beliefs and thought patterns, and my relationships. Which of these are no longer useful or bearing fruit?

To be honest, I have been guilty of holding on to cars, jobs, and some relationships for far too long. I’ve held on to thinking patterns as well. The result of trying to hold on to something or someone that God was trying to get me to let go of was stress and anxiety and who needs more of that in our lives?

The key is to realize when I am holding on to something that is non-productive sooner rather than later, and then – let it go! When I let go of something negative or unproductive in my life, then I make room for something better to come along. It comes back to that ugly four-letter word – fear. Remember, we have not been given a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-control. (2 Timothy 1:7). Let’s not shrink back in fear of letting go of something or someone that is not good for us. God always has something better He is waiting to give us, but we must have open hands to receive it.

Today, I encourage you to take a step of faith to let go of whatever it is that is holding you back from receiving what really matters to you. Write me and let me know what it is that you are ready to let go of. I’m in your corner, and so is God. “For if God is for us, who can stand against us?” (Romans 8:31).

Until next time, keep the faith and keep looking up!

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Watch What Shows Up

Do you believe in coincidence? Two things happening at the same time purely by chance?

There have been several coincidences recently in my life and although my mom disagrees, I believe coincidences are divine appointments to connect us with our destiny. As I explain in my book, “The Power of Faith”, whether we choose to accept it or not, we are all on a spiritual journey. Whatever our belief system, we all need learn to have faith in ourselves, in others and ultimately, faith in Almighty God. He is orchestrating situations for our benefit, but we must open our spiritual eyes to “see” His hand at work.

When we start living in sync with God’s guidelines, things start falling into place, don’t they? I eat right, I lose weight and have more energy. I tithe, my debts and bills get paid off. I slow down and spend more time with God in prayer and meditation, and I gain clarity about what is truly important in life. It’s all about our attitudes towards things of this world. What is my attitude about food? Money? Busyness? Material possessions? Relationships?

One thing I’ve been working on is eliminating the negative things in my life so I can have more peace. It’s kind of like cleaning house in a way: decluttering the junk and only keeping what is valuable, beautiful and adds to my quality of life. I refuse to hold on to anything that doesn’t serve me or help me to move forward in life. It could be a relationship, a habit, a thought pattern, a job, or some material possession.

What I’ve noticed is that when I let go of something that is not bearing fruit, life offers up something so much better. When I am courageous and open to possibilities, God shows up in amazing ways. I’ve learned that God cannot be put in a box. He is so creative and He definitely thinks outside the box.

So what is it that you are holding on to today? What is holding you back from moving forward in your life? Is it your job? A relationship? Negative people? Yes, this is a process for sure, but, the steps to faith are not difficult to do. As I share in my book, the trials in life can be used as stepping stones to a better tomorrow.

Whatever you’re facing today, know that God can use it for your good and His glory. Let go of what is not fruitful, and watch what shows up in your life! Until next time, keep looking up!

Keep It Simple

Life can get complicated, can’t it? We live in a busy world with a lot going on. The pace is frenetic and the outside world is constantly barraging us with news, noise, and negativity.

It’s all too easy to get sucked up in the whirlpool of it all;a downward spiral of never ending things to do, places to go, and stuff to take care of resulting in constant activity and very little downtime.

But wait. There is an answer to it all, and the answer is this. Keep it simple. Apply this concept to every area of life and see what happens. Start with your wardrobe perhaps. Downsize. What haven’t you worn in the past year? What don’t you feel good in? Chuck it – give it to a friend, Goodwill, or trash. Next move on to one room of your house. Same idea. Do you really need all those items to clean, dust, and insure?

Personally, I can’t stand clutter. It smothers me. I need space and light. It seems like stuff accumulates: gifts from friends we don’t need, use, or want, old items we are saving for some sentimental reason. Live in the present and have done with old stuff from the past. Chances are your kids aren’t going to want anything old you may be saving anyway.

When we declutter our lives, we make room for God to bring in something new. Now isn’t that a concept? Like preparing for the birth of a new baby, we must make space in our lives for new life.

What is it that is cluttering your life? What are you holding on to that no longer serves its purpose? It may be material possessions but it could also be old patterns of thinking that clutter our mind and prevent us from seeing life in new ways. Simplify your life and see what new thing shows up. I can’t wait to hear from you!

Keep It Simple

Life can get complicated, can’t it? We live in a busy world with a lot going on. The pace is frenetic and the outside world is constantly barraging us with news, noise, and negativity.

It’s all too easy to get sucked up in the whirlpool of it all;a downward spiral of never ending things to do, places to go, and stuff to take care of resulting in constant activity and very little downtime.

But wait. There is an answer to it all, and the answer is this. Keep it simple. Apply this concept to every area of life and see what happens. Start with your wardrobe perhaps. Downsize. What haven’t you worn in the past year? What don’t you feel good in? Chuck it – give it to a friend, Goodwill, or trash. Next move on to one room of your house. Same idea. Do you really need all those items to clean, dust, and insure?

Personally, I can’t stand clutter. It smothers me. I need space and light. It seems like stuff accumulates: gifts from friends we don’t need, use, or want, old items we are saving for some sentimental reason. Live in the present and have done with old stuff from the past. Chances are your kids aren’t going to want anything old you may be saving anyway.

When we declutter our lives, we make room for God to bring in something new. Now isn’t that a concept? Like preparing for the birth of a new baby, we must make space in our lives for new life.

What is it that is cluttering your life? What are you holding on to that no longer serves its purpose? It may be material possessions but it could also be old patterns of thinking that clutter our mind and prevent us from seeing life in new ways. Simplify your life and see what new thing shows up. I can’t wait to hear from you!