Friday, December 6, 2019

Daily BITUB- “Experiences”

Yesterday as I was reading and I came across something that reminded me of how important it is we go through certain moments. It said, "Don't underestimate the importance of your experience." Often times we feel like we aren't sure if we can handle a certain situation only because we have forgotten about the times we did. Our moments that mold us and help us become who we are matter. The opportunities we took hold of, the foundation we have created, the walls we've broken through, the mountains we've climbed all contribute to how we approach life. We are often stronger than we realize. Our resilience has been strengthen and our tolerance for the challenge has become greater over time. I have said often that as we move across life and have like experiences we may recognize our surroundings, we may have a thought of dejavu, we may be in familiar territory, but we are not the same person. We are not without knowledge built by those experiences. We may recognize the scenery, but it will not recognize us. So, don't ever underestimate your experiences and just how important they really are.

Believe in the Unbelievable that is YOU and my prayer for you today is that you are able to see the blessings in any and all experiences you encounter. Give thanks to God for it is  those blessings that create who we are and sustain us as we progress through our journey. 

Have a blessed weekend. 

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"All things are possible if you believe." Mark 9:23

 

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Daily BUTUB- “Knowing”

It is never our intention to stop growing, but often we stop ourselves from knowing. I've done it. I stopped wanting to get it. I stopped wanting to know things. Knowing what was right and wrong, knowing why I chose that over this, knowing what was in front of me, knowing why I wanted the things I did, knowing who was in my corner and why they were, knowing my place, knowing God. We stop knowing sometimes because to know is to have to face things maybe we don't want to face. We have to be real and clear with expectations of others and ourselves. What are we doing? Why are we doing it? Who do we need and why do we need them? What role are we playing? Why is our life the way it is? How do we want our lives to be? A lot of questions that we answer. A lot of roads we travel. A lot of faith. A lot of trust. A lot of believing that allowing ourselves to know all the things we can about ourselves is the starting point to growing into the person that God intended us to be. If we want to grow, then we must start allowing ourselves to know, and know ourselves well. 

Believe in the Unbelievable that is YOU and my prayer for you today is that you let yourself get to know you. Who you are and why you are. Where you are going and why you are going there. Let yourself know your place and allow God to travel with you every step of the way.

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"All things are possible if you believe." Mark 9:23

 

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Daily BITUB- “Quality of Life”

What is the most crucial piece to ensuring quality of life? Is it God, career, family, money... All of it? It's nobodies decision but yours. Could you have the quality you seek without something? I read often, and as I dig deeper into what it means to truly live a life full of vigor for living I find myself realizing my quality of life has non negotiable things. It wasn't always that way though as we tend to compromise if we want to avoid conflict, if we want to keep up a facade, if we are living someone else's dream. At some point though the non negotiable become just that and we start to realize our life revolves around things that matter most to us. It's after you start to strip away all the non essentials and realize exactly what is essential and what quality of life means. Are you aware of the things you don't allow in your life and the things you refuse to live without? Are you surrounding yourself with people who are willing to let you pursue, to grow, to create that life? As we get older our priorities will change, but you begin to realize the values, the morals, the commitments, the promises you've made to yourself and to God during those quiet moments you asked for help, guidance and hope remain. Quality of life for me is about living. Living the life you set out to live. Living not for those you must live with, but the ones that you are determined to live for. It's about creating real relationships with real people. It's about taking all you've been given by God and giving it back to others through your time, your talents, your faith, and your promises. It's about being ready and willing to walk the path, carry the cross, do the will of God. "Not that I speak in regards to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content." (Philippians 4:11)

Believe in the Unbelievable that is YOU and my prayer for you today is that you allow God to speak to you about where you are and where you are going. For through Him is a good place to find the quality in living the life He has given you.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Daily BITUB- “Stop Going Through the Motions”

Stop going through the motions. If you aren't feeling it then say so. You can't reach a level you aren't passionate about. It applies to all you do. You won't have the relationship you want if you are committed to it and that same feeling of commitment is reciprocated. Doesn't matter if it's work related, couple related, church related. If it doesn't stir your mind, excite you, fill your heart then it isn't for you. That's ok, but be honest about it. If you don't like the place you are then change it. I've yet to encounter a problem in a situation I wasn't passionate about that didn't offer a solution. Sometimes it's necessary to completely overhaul it and while it takes work, if it matters, then you do it. Change is sometimes messy. It creates temporary situations with uneasy tension, emotions, and challenges. The list can go on and on, but going through the motions creates lasting impressions they may never subside- animosity, regret, dislike, lack of trust, and avoidance. Things that can withstand the test of time when you aren't willing to actually test it by standing up, shouting out, and being true to what matters. Ask yourself if you are going through the motions. Don't be afraid of the answer. Once you know you'll know what must come next, and knowing is the first step in doing.

Believe in the Unbelievable that is YOU and my prayer for you today is that you allow yourself to listen to what God is calling you to do, and in Him and with Him  you allow yourself to do it. 

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Monday, December 2, 2019

Daily BITUB- “Thankful and Full of Grace”

"Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans." (Proverbs 16:3) 

I found myself sitting in church yesterday thinking about where I am in my life. The Pastor was talking about being thankful and was giving praise to God for the many volunteers the past few weeks. I wondered if I was doing enough, giving enough, sharing enough. I wondered if I died tomorrow what would I be presenting to God with the life I've lived. I was overwhelmed with gratitude for everything God has given me, and even more overwhelmed knowing that I didn't deserve it. I've learned this past year how significant God's Grace is in our lives. I knew it through growing up in the church, but it has been this past year that I truly began to understand it. I found myself more in awe of the sacrifice Jesus made for us. My clarity came in the form of what I thought was not a blessing only to discover it was one of the biggest blessings God has ever allowed me to have this year. It was an experience that shook me. I guess you can say though it shook me and woke me. I don't pretend to preach, to know the answers, to push my faith on others, but I also don't pretend that it doesn't matter to me. I share my thoughts, my ideas, my beliefs, my faith, my hope and my path because maybe someone needs to hear it. Maybe I do it because I need to hear it and remind myself when I get off the path. God is great all the time. He is constantly at work in our lives in as much as we care to see it, to live it, and to believe it. Still I wonder, and it is in that wonder, that I will continue to pray in gratitude for the Grace or God and do what I can to serve Him.

Believe in the Unbelievable that is YOU and my prayer for you today is that you find the beauty in serving Our Lord and the opportunities to experience His Grace throughout today and every day.

Have a blessed week! 

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Daily BITUB- “Earn It!”

"Nobody owes you nothing. You owe yourself." -Rocky

Rocky is one of my favorite movies. The tag line for the original Rocky was "His whole life was a million to one shot." I love a good success story. I love a good comeback. I love someone refusing to settle for circumstances and instead fights to change it. We live in a place where many people feel entitled. They have this feeling they deserve answers, deserve status, deserve more, but the question is are they, we, willing to fight for it? I've said it often in writing, in speaking engagements, face to face conversations it is not what we deserve, but what we are willing to earn. What will we stand up for, fight for, believe in and go after. What will our commitment level be when adversity is at its peak? What are we willing to earn when opportunity presents itself and is riddled with setbacks, challenges, let downs, obstacles? We aren't owed anything, but we owe it to ourselves to do the things we set out to do. We deserve nothing, but we are capable of earning everything. After all even if it's a million to one shot it is still a shot! 

Believe in the Unbelievable that is YOU and my prayer for you today is you find that you are capable. That the throws of life are there so we can earn our way, and in doing so learn to appreciate the beauty in achieving what we set out to achieve. 

Have a blessed day everyone. 

DC

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Daily BITUB- “Peaks and Valleys”

The mountain is so high. You can't help but question if you will ever reach that peak. You are at an impasse. You can stop or you can keep going. Inside you though, you know you don't want to stop. You can't give up. You can't stop trying. You are better than that. It seems you've been idle for quite sometime, but you are not. I realize it is difficult to see sometimes that you are progressing. As much as you have been fighting you feel like you should be so much further along. Truth is, others see it, but we are harder on ourselves than anyone ever could be. We don't realize that sometimes it takes a valley to push us to our peak. So, take a moment and think about the real progression you have made. Look where you are today. Your faith in God, His faith in you to handle the adversity, the strength you have built up, the resilience you have developed over the course of this journey... It's all there, but we get clouded in our setbacks that we overlook our achievements. Look at the joy around you. Listen to the encouragement of the people who know what you have already accomplished. Allow yourself to feel the comfort of the blessings God surrounds you with. Those blessings that give you the time you need to get back up and fight for what you believe in. Don't ever doubt that you have everything it will take to get to exactly where you know you are capable of being. It may not happen as quickly as you would like, but trust it is happening at the exact pace God intends so that you will understand and appreciate the beauty of that peak once you are there.

Believe in the Unbelievable that is YOU and my prayer for you today is that where ever you stand on your journey, peak or valley, you know God is with you. He was there when you started, He travels with you, and He is already standing at your destination waiting for you with open arms. 

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Monday, November 25, 2019

Daily BITUB- “Thankful”

Someone said to me we shouldn't just give thanks this week, but do it all the time. I agree, but that's not how it works. So, if this week makes people take pause and be thankful then I'm all for it. If it makes people volunteer, give back, look for miracles, pray harder, remember those we have lost, appreciate those we haven't, then I'm for that too. We absolutely should give thanks each and every day, but reality is we won't. We will go about our days finding more moments to complain about than to appreciate. We all do it. We all miss the opportunities to just say thank you to each other, to our family, to our parents, our person, our kids, our pastor, our church family, God. We miss the moments, but this week more people won't. More people will realize just how beautiful life is and how grateful we get to be, and I say thanks be to God for weeks like this week where so many will simply be appreciative that God gives us so much to appreciate and we have something to remind us to.

Believe in the Unbelievable that is YOU and my prayer for you today is that you find a moment to appreciate life, your blessings (they are there), and that you are able to take a breath and give thanks to God for He is great. 

Have a blessed week everyone. 

DC

"All things are possible if you believe." Mark 9:23

 

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Friday, November 22, 2019

Daily BITUB- “Be You”

Do you spend most of your day worried about what others think of you? Are you focusing on how you can please others? Are you going through your day trying to make everyone happy? Maybe you think you aren't, but sometimes we get caught up in self preservation we don't allow ourselves to have opinions, thoughts, speak our mind, share ideas. Everyone has something to bring to the table. God gave everyone gifts. Honoring Him is using them. Being ourselves, being who we are in all aspects of our life, being honest with what we want and having the courage to say it can create relationships in our lives that are more meaningful because they are grounded in reality and truth. So, spend your time and energy being an authentic you. Be open to God's gifts and express it openly. Focus on pleasing Him by being the you that He intended you to be. 

Believe in the Unbelievable that is You and my prayer for you today is that you allow God's gifts to resonate in your life and your relationships. That you find the beauty in being an authentic you and focus on not pleasing others, but pleasing Him. 

Have a blessed weekend everyone! 

DC

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Daily BITUB- “God is in control!”

"In Him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will." (Ephesians  1:11)


My memories on Facebook popped up and 8 years ago I wrote "Thank God for giving you what you need, and more importantly not giving you things you don't!" I remember where I was in that moment and thinking back it applies even more now than it did then. In fact I couldn't imagine how significant that statement would impact my current life. God is great, plain and simple. He does things as He knows it should be done and He calls on us to have the faith to trust in that. Have you ever thought about things you've asked God for and in the moment your frustration out weighs your faith when it doesn't come? Then you look back and realize why it didn't! If you only knew then what you know now. Maybe you wouldn't have been so frustrated, angry, confused. Maybe, though, now you will be less compelled to question why. Though, let's face it, we will question it again. We will and God already knows that and at some point, maybe 8 years from now we will sit back and think, "I see what you did there God." We will remember once again that God doesn't answer prayers as we want, but will always answer as we need. 


Believe in the Unbelievable that is YOU and my prayer for you today is that you find those unbelievable moments that remind you that God is always in control... Always.

Have a blessed day everyone. 

DC

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Daily BITUB- “God is in control.”

"In Him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will." (Ephesians  1:11)


My memories on Facebook popped up and 8 years ago I wrote "Thank God for giving you what you need, and more importantly not giving you things you don't!" I remember where I was in that moment and thinking back it applies even more now than it did then. In fact I couldn't imagine how significant that statement would impact my current life. God is great, plain and simple. He does things as He knows it should be done and He calls on us to have the faith to trust in that. Have you ever thought about things you've asked God for and in the moment your frustration out weighs your faith when it doesn't come? Then you look back and realize why it didn't! If you only knew then what you know now. Maybe you wouldn't have been so frustrated, angry, confused. Maybe, though, now you will be less compelled to question why. Though, let's face it, we will question it again. We will and God already knows that and at some point, maybe 8 years from now we will sit back and think, "I see what you did there God." We will remember once again that God doesn't answer prayers as we want, but will always answer as we need. 


Believe in the Unbelievable that is YOU and my prayer for you today is that you find those unbelievable moments that remind you that God is always in control... Always.

Have a blessed day everyone. 

DC

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Daily BITUB- “Experiences”

Yesterday as I was reading and I came across something that reminded me of how important it is we go through certain moments. It said, "...