life, success

Birthday Thanks

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I am a birthday person. Today, I am particularly thankful that I have lived to see another year. Every year since I was a child I would look forward to my birthday. I believe this was something that was instilled in me by my parents. Especially my mother, as she would make much to do about my birthday. Honestly, I felt like a princess growing up as it pertains to my birthday.

So now that I consider myself to be all grown up, I have taken on the role of a queen. Generally, I do not make plans for my special day as that is usually situated by both family and friends. However, this year was different. No, I did not plan a party for myself or sent secret gifts to myself at work. Instead, I was contacted by an employer for a position that I applied for an interview. The interview was to be scheduled on my birthday. Initially, I thought I should reschedule but instead I confirmed that I could make the appointment.

I woke up this morning with the perspective of giving myself a job for my birthday. As such, I got dressed and went on an interview for my birthday. Now what I did is not the typical thing to do for a birthday but I believe it was worth it. I don’t know if I will get the job but I was thankful to have the opportunity to “make my case.”

I have decided to make everyday count. So what better way to make a day count and do something that my future self will thank me for than going on an interview for my birthday?

I hope that all of us will have a mindset to do something that we will be thankful for in the future, even if it is on our birthday.

03.13.17 Dr.R.A.

 

Daily Post, Spiritual

Murmuration

 

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Murmuration generally relates to the sound that starlings make. It is a low continuous sound. However, murmuration is not limited to the sound of birds. It actually incorporates sounds which humans make. Sometimes we are placed in a situation where we are uncomfortable, and as such, we murmur. Murmuring is not a normal sound but rather one that can be considered abnormal. But what if that abnormal sound could be used in a positive way?

We could apply murmuration to prayer. To ceaselessly articulate that which is our desires to the One who cares. The One who can answer and supply whatever our needs are. To softly whisper to Him that which we are expecting and allow Him to give us the expected end. To never stop asking until we see the desires of our hearts before our very eyes. Let’s flip the script and begin to use our abnormality to produce something positive.

 

3.12.17 Dr.R.A.

 

via Daily Prompt: Murmuration

life

Versatile Blogger Award

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I am extremely late on this, but I have been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by Kayla over at essencentral.wordpress.com. Words cannot express how honored, grateful and flattered I am to have been witnessed in this capacity. I have only been blogging four approximately four months and as consistent as I would like. I invite all of you to please go visit Kayla’s page as she has only been blogging for a little over a month. I know you will find gems of wisdom. I want to say thank you.

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Slightly similar to other Blogger Awards, the Versatile Blogger Award is an award given by bloggers to other up-and-coming bloggers. It is designed to encourage new bloggers to keep up the good work and help people to discover new blogs. To all those I nominate I wish you the best now and always.

The Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and leave a link to their blog
  • List the rules and display the Versatile Blogger Award logo in your post and/or your blog
  • Share seven facts about yourself
  • Nominate up to 15 bloggers of your choice and let them know

Seven Facts About Me:

  1. My laugh is my trademark. I do believe that laughter is medicine for the soul.
  2. I am a birthday person. Love celebrating my birthday and the birthday of others.
  3. I love music
  4. I love to sing. (Singing is not my gift. I am more of a shower singer lol)
  5. I am the only child for my mom.
  6. I love to read. Especially the Bible.
  7. I enjoy blogging as it relaxes me

My Nominations:

The Pleasure Project

TheNowLife

Lizalizaskysaregrey

Write a line

A Fractal Heart

Dream Big Dream Often

The Showers of Blessing

Writing With Hope

Becoming the Oil and Wine

 

Love you all!! XOXO

life, Spiritual, success

Push Out from Land

 

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After working for extended hours to accomplish a goal exhaustion can set it. Especially when we have not accomplished what we desired to achieve. We begin to feel like all of our efforts and time has been wasted. We find ourselves at the brink of giving up and throwing in the towel altogether. This feeling is not uncommon or unique to us as all persons who have obtained success had to cross this juncture. Noticed is said CROSSED. It simply means that they had to get beyond this point and continued to achieve their desire.

The Bible tells of a story where the disciples had toiled all night and had caught nothing. For those who may not know (although I believe that everyone does) were fishermen by trade. They had spent all night trying to get a catch of fish and was unable to accomplish their desired task. Weary and tired they decided to go back to shore and call it quits. Just then they were told by Jesus to push a little off from land. Regardless of how they felt they obeyed. That same moment the acquired a catch that was so great that their nets began to break. They had to call for surrounding boats to get some of the catch.

Pushing off from land means they had to leave the place when they were comfortable. Comfortable feeling sorry for themselves. Comfortable giving up. Comfortable living below their privileges. Comfortable not achieving their goals.

It is time for us to push off from land. There is a great catch is waiting to be obtained. Where you have to push to your feet may not be able to touch the ground, but the depth is necessary for the overflow. It is time to push off from the shore. Abundance is waiting!

 

3.9.17 Dr.R.A.

Daily Post, Spiritual

Nervous

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There are so many things that cause an individual to become nervous. However, I believe that it is anticipated changes that are the core of being nervous. As individuals, we do not like changes. Nevertheless for growth to take place, then change is necessary. Therefore we should embrace change.

Sometimes we find ourselves in a place of complacency because we are afraid to make a move. Nervousness has paralyzed us and prevent us from achieving greatness. Self-actualization is beckoning. Can you hear it above the rattling of your bones, chattering of your teeth and screams in your mind?

It is time to make that decision and walk into your destiny.

 

3.9.17 Dr. R.A.

via Daily Prompt: Nervous

Daily Post, life, success

Ruminate

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Decisions to make!

Decisions to make!

Should you stay?

Or should you leave?

For far too long you have been complacent.

Having a front row to your life passing by.

Now the opportunity to do something great is present.

And instead of taking a leap you sit and ruminate.

Get up!

Shake yourself!

The time to act is now.

Opportunity is knocking.

Answer the door.

Step out of your past and present.

Walk into your future.

Don’t waste any more time ruminating.

With one step awaits greatness and better fortune in store.

 

3/7/17 Dr.R.A.

via Daily Prompt: Ruminate

Spiritual

Forced to Turn Around

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On this journey called life, we are often encountered with roadblocks. Usually, there is no advance notice that there is construction taking place along the route until you are at the precise location and see signs for a detour. These digressions often lead to frustration because one has to take the scenic route,  usually longer to arrive at the destination. Additionally, the new route is often filled with traffic and other drivers who are trying to figure our how to get to their destination. This leads to a delay in the speed at which one can travel. If we are not careful, our attitudes can influence us to quit altogether and take on the task another day, which may or may not happen.

As it is in the natural, so it is in the spirit. Whenever we are on the pathway to our promise, we never like to become interrupted. Delays and scenic routes are definitely not welcomed. Almost immediately we feel the urge to resist. Although we may not appreciate or understand the need for a change in our course the fact of the matter is that we have to change direction and should be more willing to accept change. What? Yes, I said it, sometimes we need to be more willing to accept change, especially in the direction we are traveling. Why? Because it will not affect our promise.

In the book of Numbers, we are told a story of the children of Isreal traveling to the land which the Lord promised. Along their journey, they need to pass through the land of Moab to get to their destination quicker. The Moabites came out in numbers to deter them from walking through the land. The Israelites tried to bargain with the Moabites by letting them know they will pay for anything they have consumed. Nevertheless, the Moabites insisted that the Israelites could not walk through the land.

The Israelites now had a decision to make. They were either going to remain in the wilderness and never obtain the promise, or they were going to turn around and find another route. The choice to turn around was not theirs. The fact remains they were being forced by the Moabites to turn around. They were not given advanced notice that there will be a detour ahead. They just had to turn around when they arrived and head back in the direction from which they had traveled.

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Sometimes the enemy will force us just like the Moabites did to turn around. Now what is important is that they still had a promise of getting the land of Canaan as their inheritance. The fact also remains that although they had to turn around, they still received the promise. Additionally, because of the actions of the Moabites, the Lord promised to wipe them off the earth.  This should further encourage us that when the enemy comes out against us on our journey to the promised land, we will get there even if we have to turn around and the Lord will fight our battles thus taking care of our enemies.

Turn around if you must, but do not let roadblocks become barriers to your belief in obtaining the promise.

3/8/17 Dr.R.A.

Daily Post, life, Spiritual, success

Swarm

 

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When the enemy comes in like a swarm of killer bees.

I will not fear!

Because the Lord of Host will lift up a standard.

Although I may be outnumbered by the swarm.

I will be confident!

Knowing that He who is with me is greater than he that is against me.

At times it may seem like the swarm of enemies has got me covered.

But I will remain astutely convinced in the ability of my God and King.

Because I know that my God will never leave me or forsake me.

I am the apple of His eye and the plans He has for me is good and not evil to give me an expected end.

My God will fight my battles for me if I just hold my peace, stand still and see His salvation.

He will annihilate the swarm of enemies that have risen against and give the victory on every side.

Therefore I will rejoice!

Because victory belongs to my God and King!!

 

3/6/17 Dr.R.A.

via Daily Prompt: Swarm

Spiritual

Value of Wisdom

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We live in an era where knowledge has increased exponentially. Accessing knowledge regarding any subject matter can be done in seconds. Everything we desire to know is at our fingertips. We evolved into a generation of knowledge seekers thinking that having knowledge is the pinnacle. However,  although knowledge is good wisdom is better.

So what is wisdom? Well, basically wisdom is the application of knowledge. It is that which causes us to have a better and easier life. Wisdom is to be valued above all things as it is profitable.

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Widom is the greatest achievement that one can gain. It positions us to achieve the desires of our heart.

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Wisdom is a shelter. It also gives us the right perspective in life and provides us with the power to live. Knowledge without wisdom is like having an ax, however, the blade is not sharpened.  Using such an ax will not only make that which we are trying to accomplish more difficult but it will also cause harm to our body. The Bible states in Ecc. 10:10 that “using a dull ax requires great strength.” It admonishes us that the blade should be sharpened. The text further tells us that the value of wisdom is that it helps us to succeed.

We all want to be successful in life but the only way to accomplish that is to value wisdom.  Today our prayer should be “Lord cause my wisdom to increase.” It is time for us to examine our life and see whatever is lacking and ask God to supply.

3.6.17 Dr.R.A.

Daily Post, life

Vivid

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Lights glaringly bright

Colors conspicuously vibrant

Artwork is picturesque

Captivating the sense of sight

Transforming the darkness of the night

Exquisitely beautiful is an understatement

The rainbow of lights reflecting is definitely not tasteless

Such a view leave a vivid imprint on the eyes of the mind.

 

3/5/17 Dr. R.A.

via Daily Prompt: Vivid