Do you ever feel like your dreams have vanished into the overwhelming flood of “the real world?” Does it seem that your plans instantly go up in flames by an unquenchable fire? God never promised that we would not go through tough times, but He did promise to be with you.
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” Isaiah 43:2
Keep your dreams alive, keep God first, and trust His timing!
(A new ever mindful challenge is coming this Monday.)
In an effort to make this blog easier to follow, I’ve decided to include it as a facebook page. This won’t change anything as far as the wordpress blog but you can now look up becomingevermindful on facebook, click like, then be updated anytime I post a new blog. It will also be very easy for people to make comments and even have side conversations (as this was my original intent for the blog anyway). I don’t want to just sit here telling cute stories or going on and on about my ideas, my main goal is for this to be more of a ministry network. Everyone helping everyone. Please feel free to offer advice, share stories, and even pass along some of your own ideas!
Proverbs 27:17 “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”
I was really frustrated one time. As a struggling life insurance agent going through a long drought, I was explaining my situation to my manager and mentor. I felt like I was doing all the right things but not getting any positive results. All he told me was this, “the good ones keep digging.” He was speaking of other successful life insurance agents who have stayed the course and finally stumbled onto something that worked. That quote has resonated within me and carried me through a lot of other rough patches in my life.
When you know you’re doing what you need to be doing, you cannot get disheartened (even for a second). Take a moment to reanalyze your priorites and make sure you’re following them and JUST KEEP DIGGING!
We’ve all been on the verge of a large fork in the road. When you know a big change is coming, it’s easy to get nervous about it. As you’ve been reading these blogs, I pray that you’ve been making changes in the way you’re thinking. I hope you’re moving closer to making decisions that will lead you down a better path. If so, you’re likely getting excited! Be careful not to let your excitement turn to anxiety. Excitement is positive but anxiety is an uneasiness derived by fear of a misfortunate outcome. I’ve been reminding myself lately that I cannot fear the disappointment of things not going my way, especially when I’m doing what I know I should be doing. Just because life doesn’t go according to your hopes, does not mean your dreams are over. Excitement keeps your passion alive but anxiety destroys it!
Deuteronomy 28:13 “The LORD will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the LORD your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom.”
Have you ever tried to play a game with someone who keeps changing the rules? When I’m fortunate enough to have the weekend to spend with my daughter, we play outside a lot. We love to make up our own games but she is never consistent with the rules, they seem to change in her favor. Of course I don’t mind because it’s just fun to be out there with her, but it got me thinking…
God has a plan and has set rules. If we stay in the guidelines of the rules, we will eventually win the game! Satan is the afore mentioned rule changer though (or at least he likes to make us think that.) He tells us to give up because God doesn’t care anymore. He tells us that we are destined to fail. He tells us that we will never have the things we are working so hard for. DON’T LET HIM CHANGE YOUR RULES! They are not his rules to change.
2 Corinthians 1:20 “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.”
Have you ever had to wear someone else’s shoes? Maybe you want to play some basketball at a friend’s house and don’t have good shoes so he lets you borrow his. Even if they’re the right size, they just don’t feel right.
So many of us are trying to shove ourselves into someone else’s mold. Between what friends say and what we see on TV and the random thoughts we have, we sometimes get caught up in someone else’s plan or vision for us.
Take a minute to re-evaluate your motivation for the things you want in life. Are they things that the world says you should have or things you are truly passionate about? I catch myself eyeing a fancy car every once in a while and thinking how nice it would be to have it, but what if God wants something even better for me and I’m not seeing it because my eye is on inferior things? He knows us, He knows what completely satisfies us. We have to follow His plan.
Romans 12:2 “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.”