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But I've learned that there is a difference between being lonely and being alone. Lonely is when you find yourself sending that text or responding to one that you know you shouldn't, or open up those spiritual doors that GOD had closed a long time ago just so you can feel something. Alone is knowing that you're worth more than text messages and empty nothingness, it's knowing the difference between someone who wants to really get know you and date you and someone who is still playing.
I know that many people that read the title of this blog probably turned up their face, or gave it the side-eye, but continue reading and allow me to explain.
One of the things that make me cringe is whenever I read a quote or a phrase that states "failure is not an option". I get it, I understand what the phrase is trying to say but some of the best advice that I can give you is that it's okay to fail.
Now, let me preface that nothing is wrong with Good works, they get us through life, they make us feel good and allow us to have satisfaction in life. But we need to be very careful to pay attention to when your Good works start to overpower your God works.
From "situationships" to "nothingships" to just plain old "dumbships", I've found myself in all of them and it got to the point in which I questioned if love even exists and if it does is it even for me. Maybe it's just not meant for me to have someone special in my life. Because of that thinking, I found myself callused and not really caring. I became numb based on past experiences and let that warmth and belief in who I was slowly "die" with every heartbreak. It was if a part of me left with each person I allowed into my space when they didn't deserve a seat at the table.
The main thing to remember about distractions is to not allow them to keep you out of the game, to not allow them to rule your thoughts and your processes. We all deal with distractions, sometimes they are even needed to get us recentered and refocused on what's important just make sure that you learn how to handle them in a way that is for your benefit and not against it and you should be good.
You see God has already given us the "land", we just have to go in and claim it. So, what is taking us so long? It's simple, most of the time its fear.
You have heard me say this time and time again, but fear is the enemy of purpose! Anytime you choose to let fear win, you are allowing purpose to die. Fear and Purpose can't co-exist.
So let's just say Jesus was in the U.S. right now, he would've been born to poor immigrant parents, looking for sanctuary or somewhere safe to birth their child. The child is born, becomes a laborer, lives in one of the roughest & neighborhoods (Nazareth wasn't the suburbs). He grows up, leaves home with a crew of fishermen and other people who more than likely also looks like him, was homeless at times looking for a place to stay and food to eat. He speaks his mind against social injustices hung with the "sinners" and rode on a donkey to be crucified for the very people that rejected him. So he can save them out of love.
Yes, we are supposed to live according to GOD's word, but how are you truly living if you never allow yourself to learn the one who wrote created the word in the first place. To do that, I had to lose the idea of who I thought GOD was to learn who he truly is in my life. I had to (and I still am) losing what 36 years of thinking and living was to gain a lifetime of living for GOD.
When I choose to trust in my timing, I find myself confused, hurt, questioning what I'm doing in a situation in which the foundation of the relationship is not built on trust and friendship but built on sex
One of the things that I'm learning is that I can be pretty hard on myself, okay, not pretty hard, VERY hard on myself and this morning as I was praying, I was feeling discouraged because I felt as if I wasn't really moving any further in my walk with GOD. Have you ever felt like that? Like you have been walking on your faith walk and yet you still don't feel as if you got any further than you were when you started?
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Listen, I know that it feels like no one will understand because we often feel that we are the only people who think like this. Guess what, you're not. The minute my best friend admitted to why she was really hesitant, I hit her with the "Girl..I feel like that sometimes as well". Never keep your fears inside so that they can fester and eat at you
It wasn't until I acknowledged that GOD is in control and I turned my worries about my professional and entrepreneurial dreams over to GOD through faith that I started to walk more passionately in the path GOD set for me. Here are five other tips that have helped me along the way to get back on track when I ran off track.
With the world that we live in today, we have access to any resources that you can think of (especially with Google as your business BFF). Often times I'm asked who or what resources to do you constantly use to help you are you grow your business. So here are my top five podcast that I find myself constantly using or going to for growth, advice and tips.
In my thirty-five years on this earth I've learned a lot about myself in regards to relationships. I've learned that I tend to enter into relationships heart first and mental second, I give people the benefit of the doubt way too much, I say how I feel even when someone hasn't quite met that "level" to appreciate it (if I miss someone I tell them, want to see them I ask, mad I'll let you know) and I've learned that when your willing to put your heart out there, you have to be willing to take the joy and the pain.
Since I'll be reaching out and asking people to disclose 21 fun facts about themselves, I decided that there is no way that I can ask w/o first doing it myself So here are twenty facts about me and make sure to check back next month as a highlight my first purposeprenuer!
1. From the outside it would look as if Im a extrovert but I'm truly an introvert. I would much rather chill with a small group of people then be around large crowds and being alone reenergizes me.
2, I believe in the idea of love but I'm scared to death of falling in it.
3. It's hard for me to see or function in "grey areas"...to me things are either rainbows or black.
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What do you do when you reach the intersection of purpose vs. reality? This got me to thinking about how to advise people that know that they want to discover their purpose (because I truly believe we all have one) or know what their purpose is but just is not ready to truly take the full leap to walk in it yet.
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