Resetting - Renewing - Restoring - Rejoicing
Starting today I start back to work on MY VISION BOOK – a lot has happened during these last few years – somethings have almost taken me out – but I have survived one thing after another. So as I take the TIME TO REGROUP – my devotionals may take some turns but I am going out of 2018 with a determined mind that 2019 is going to be the best year ever – I am going to truly TAKE THE TIME TO REGROUP AND MOVE FORWARD – WHO IS GOING WITH ME?
Sunday; November 18, 2018
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
TODAY’S CHALLENGE – TIME TO GAIN REAL POWER. When something goes wrong, even when several things go wrong at once, there are still many more things that continue to go right for you. One of the best ways to deal with any trouble in your life is to put it into perspective. It’s easy to put all of your focus on the problems because they often scream for attention. Yet no matter how intensely the problems assert themselves, you always have the power to put them in perspective. Use the magnificent power of your mind to visualize all the many treasures and blessings in your life. When compared to all the good things, the problems will not be so overwhelming. And when your mind is no longer overwhelmed with the problems of the moment, you begin to gain real power over those problems. By putting them into perspective, you put your problems at a distinct disadvantage. It’s common to respond to a sudden difficulty with shock, anger, frustration, dismay and a whole host of other negative emotions. Yet imagine what would happen if you were to respond with gratitude, not gratitude for the problem itself but rather for all the good things still present in your life. With gratitude, your energy suddenly shifts in a very positive direction. With gratitude, what once seemed overwhelming becomes something you can confidently handle. Decide to put your problems in perspective, and you’ll find everything you need to get beyond them. TODAY’S CHALLENGE – TIME TO GAIN REAL POWER.
TIME TO REGROUP. Time for me to get back on track – time for me to recover all – TIME TO REGROUP. In knowing that it is TIME TO REGROUP – we must become more organized. Work better on our time management. And in knowing that it is TIME TO REGROUP – we must begin to do some things. We need to get fit - Strong bodies and strong minds go hand-in-hand. We need to focus on self-care - When we’re sick, we take particular care to rest, drink fluids and take medicine – even if it temporarily impedes on our productivity. When we’re struggling emotionally, we have to take care of ourselves in much of the same way. By making self-care a priority, you are setting yourself up for a quicker and infinitely less painful recovery. We need to nourish our bodies - Even the healthiest among us aren’t always putting the right foods into our bodies. So for one month, try to do so. Eat the right amounts of fruits, veggies, grains, dairy and meat (or meat alternatives). Notice changes in your energy level and mindset – and then try it all over again the next month. We need to physically de-clutter our lives - Take a full weekend to clean your apartment or home in a way that you never have before – ruthlessly ridding it of everything you no longer use and organizing it in a way that feels mentally refreshing. When our physical environments are in order, it becomes easier to keep our minds uncluttered, too. Tell your story – it may help someone and it will surely help you – and I don’t mean have a pity party – I mean help someone along the way. Change the way you look – the time has come for an upgrade and if you are already flawless – don’t worry about it – just continue to be flawless in your dress – in your attitude and in your walk. Stop whatever is not working for you. When the stakes are down and our lives are lying in shambles, we are paradoxically awarded the ideal opportunity to start over. Use your ill fortune as the excuse you’ve been waiting for to walk away from that shitty job, toxic relationship or commitment that is making you miserable. If you’re going to be forced to start over, you might as well do it once, the right way. And give yourself permission to let go of all that is trying to hold you down or where you are - Not everything that happens to us has to have a meaning or a lesson. If your past no longer serves you, give yourself permission to let go and forget about the pain that has been holding you back. You dictate your story and you don’t have to place emphasis on anything that makes you feel small. Connect with positive minded people. Seek out the words, company and comforts of those who understand what you’re going through. Read their stories, cherish the wisdom they’ve gleaned and use it as a constant, pervasive reminder that you are never alone. Today break the repetitive story - The past is nothing more than a story we repeat to ourselves – and allowing ourselves to understand this is an incredibly liberating notion. Visit a narrative therapist who can help you re-frame your experiences, or journal them out until you’re able to come to a new understanding of why things happened the way they did. Learn to pinpoint the opportunities for growth within the destruction of your past – and then move forward with those opportunities close to your heart. Learn something new - What we know changes the landscape of who we are. By adding to your internal database of knowledge, you are expanding your horizons and reminding yourself that there is always more to be learned and always more ways for your worldview to shift. It is TIME TO REGROUP – and it is hard to regroup when our finances are out of order - By coming face-to-face with our spending habits, we’re giving ourselves a leg up on conquering them effectively. There’s nothing quite as soothing as figuring out a way to live below your means. And this way you can start to save for the big moments that are coming your way. Today become invested in the process of change - too often, we pit all of our hopes on future accomplishments that may never come to fruition. Rather than telling yourself ‘I’ll be happy when…’ learn to find joy in the simple process of bettering yourself. Take pride in the fact that you’re making changes for yourself, rather than pitting your happiness on the outcome of those changes.
Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. Jeremiah 33:3
Today remember:
God’s love and grace gives us the strength to overcome and be triumphant.

Pamela Guy-Strayhorn