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Purpose In Preparation

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While working as a temp in reception this week, I thought of and realized some benefits and positive opportunities in having and getting temporary jobs. Yes, there are a lack of benefits and opportunities when there is no steady income or work, but I decided to look at, see on purpose and be grateful for the positive and learn to trust God through the lack. Below are some benefits of temporary work.

 

Learn, practice and develop new skills and information. The skills and information that I don’t know or haven’t yet developed and learned can produce and evolve through temping.

 

More time and breaks to work on dreams, goals, commitments, responsibilities and other activities. My writing career, ministry and business interests are all being developed and prepared  during periods of no paid work.

 

Meet new people, make new contacts and even network. I have met different people and got to share things that people I already knew didn’t know.

 

Market and share about projects when others ask and show interest. Sometimes I get asked about my writing, then I have the opportunity to share about my recent and past projects.

 

Break out of comfort zones. There are some things that I wouldn’t normally do outside of some jobs, but the situation gets me to do those things.

 

Meet up into old/present friends, acquaintances and peers. I have gotten to see some old/present friends, acquaintances and peers in the temp environments. It’s pleasant and enjoyable to catch up a little with them when things are going slower or during a lunch break.

 

Be more patient with myself. My anxious and introverted self can be extremely harsh, hard and critical towards myself.

 

When we have no other choice but to depend on God for those things that don’t come regularly He develops faith, humility and brokenness through us. 

 

There is always a purpose in preparation for wherever God would have you to be and whatever He will have you to do. It might not look like the plan, picture, map and path you have in mind and view, but it always leads to wonders to explore and God’s perfect will.

More Than A Start

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The other day I was temping for 5 days in the office of my former college. When I’m there it reminds me of the years I was there getting my pre college, college and post secondary education. How I started off in one direction, the many changes that happened along the way and now I’m coming back to temp. I’ve completed my post secondary education there in 2011 and wasn’t planning to come back. Ha! When I think about it I’ve come back many times and not in a way that I ever thought I would.

One of the ladies that work there came over to the area where I was working and started talking with me about my writing. I had mentioned to her what I was currently doing with my writing and then said ‘It’s a start.’ She replied ‘It’s more than start. Some people are not writing at all.’ After she said that it clicked. Writing on my blog and for a magazine is more than a start.

How many times we think of what we are doing less than what it really is? When we step out in faith and use our gifts and talents to glorify God that’s indeed more than a start! What’s happening and what we are doing may not be what is yet to come, but we have to learn to embrace, appreciate and enjoy where we are now.

See the gifts and treasures of the present! Give thanks and trust that the tests are not for you to already know and be at a place of arrival, but for you to let the Savior work in and through with the only special touch He can. More than a start!

No Ordinary Route

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It just seems ordinary to be a 20 something young adult and have a stable job. At least to experience having one full-time job. Might not be the dream/calling job yet, but hey it’s a job.

Well my 20s are writing much differently, despite my efforts to change the direction. Presently experiencing this pops up different questions and raises natural concerns. What is God’s will and purpose in this? How long will this be for? Will this change soon?

All I can do is let the Author be in control and let His leading unfold. The several applications I filled out, over and over resume sent out and interviews I’ve went to bring back results this is no ordinary route. The circumstances say you might not understand it now, but one day you’ll wear a crown.

There are times I become frustrated. Then eventually I realize some of the greatest provisions come in disguise. It doesn’t have to make sense and it doesn’t have to look like I think it should. That’s how great wonders unfold,in messes and disadvantages. Guess what? It has nothing to with us, but all to do with the Master who never leaves His throne.

It’s ok if your story is not writing and reading ordinary me, because God is shaping you for destiny.

Here’s three points to think on in the midst of any challenge we face.

Our solid anchor is in Christ alone. 

God’s love speaks to us in the midst of the stormy waves. We just have to stop and listen.

The shed blood of our Savior(Jesus) covers us through it all. 

5 Lessons From Gratitude

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Gratitude is  thankfulness from the heart. It’s a choice to give thanks and praise no matter what is going on or not going on. There is much to learn and experience through thanksgiving. Below are some highlights to consider on gratitude.

1) Gratitude gives a refreshing boost of energy. Have you ever thought of something that you were thankful for and it poured a fresh supply of inspiration, motivation and illumination? It’s nothing like a pour of innovation.

2) Changes your perspective. You move from a place of devastation to a place of opportunity and vision. What’s important becomes your focus.

3) Enlightens in the midst of darkness. There are times where all we see is pain, negativity and frustration. Then acts of gratitude brings knowledge and insight to the circumstances.

4) Changes the atmosphere. That doesn’t mean everything becomes perfect and spectacular. Thankfulness brings the presence of calmness and serenity.

5)  Gratefulness recognizes that even the little victories play a part in the bigger picture. Little things can have a big importance in development.

Gospel Music Today

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There are a variety of gospel music styles. Styles like traditional, hip hop, dance – hall, reggae, jazz, country, R & B and more. The spiritual tunes leave you with many songs to choose from.  Gospel music has a great impact in the lives of people. It brings encouragement to many and ministers to them.

While taking a music class a few years ago, I learned that some of the hymns were used as codes by slaves. Gospel music continues to grow as new artists are rising bringing their gift to the stage. The lyrics in any genre play an important part in music. Uplifting music which many gospel songs are, can help a person on a bad day or in whatever they are going through.

Gospel music is about spreading the good news of Jesus Christ through music. This form of music is not only played in church and in people’s personal lives, but sometimes is played out in the community. Everyone has their preferences when it comes to music. Some don’t like some of the newer gospel music, but there are many who do. The growth of Gospel music is growing rapidly with new music coming out from generation to generation.

Does gospel music play an importance in your life? Why does this music play an importance in your life? How have you seen gospel music grow from when you first heard it up to now? What do you appreciate about spiritual music? 

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Living Your Dreams

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Have you ever had a dream that you wanted to become your reality? Are you currently setting goals to accomplish your dream? There are many who have aspirations and goals that they want to achieve. You can accomplish your God-given talents and gifts beyond all the difficulties and challenges you face.

Doing what you love makes a huge difference rather than doing something that others think you should do or doing it only for what you can get out of it.  Inspiring people like Colonel Sanders, Walt Disney, Mandisa Hundley and many more never allowed their difficulty to stop them from living their dreams.

Thomas Edison quoted “I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.” There will be obstacles and struggles, but we must not give up on the things we are called to by God.

When we pursue God we are tapping into everything we need. He will show us what to do and which way to go. We must be willing to listen to God’s voice for our instructions. He will never lead us astray, but He will bring those things He desires for us to be into place.

Everything won’t happen all at once, things take time before they come to life. Nothing and no one is exempt from time and seasons. They all have an important role to play in everything.

I have dreams that have not come to life right now, but in time I believe they will. I just want to encourage you that whether you have one, a few or many steps to go, keep working towards your dreams and soon they will become your reality.

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Building Balance

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Balance…not too little and not too much. That place where it’s just right. Life gets messy, chaotic and unbalanced. Things get out of control. We want balance and need it very much, but how do we maintain it in every aspect and area of life? What to apply and not to apply? When to say yes and when to say no? When to take action and when to be still? What keeps everything together? What is balance to you? What is balance to me? Is it possible to maintain it every time? Maybe balance is all about surrender. Balance and surrender seem to go together. One area neglected or not properly handled can sometimes cause other things to come to crash or disaster.

Surrendering everything to the Lord will put balance where it needs to be. How do you find balance in a fast paced world? What do you do when you feel out of balance?

The Journey of Evolving

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What I’m destined to become is what I’m evolving into each day, week, month and year. It’s not a microwave serving, it’s a journey to completely and joyfully embrace. Lots of bumps and barriers along the pavement to wholeness. Transforming to discover and soar to God’s amazing capture of what it’s supposed to be.

Glimpses which light up a beam inwardly, but sometimes uncertainty shows up outwardly. I don’t have everything perfectly in the exact and wonderful place it should be. Never was I suppose to, because I’m evolving, learning and growing. There’s something beautiful in giving ourselves a chance to blossom in the phases that’s uniquely ours.

Why did I listen to the lies that something was drastically a ruin of me? I often make a lot of mistakes, but I’ll get on no matter how much it takes. I have a whole long list of things that I have been embarrassed, discontent, shamed and felt worthless about, but God sees all that He made and knows it’s not a mistake with no doubt.

When I’m just evolving to learn that my flaws,imperfections, challenges and struggles are all what’s helping me. Helping to fly, try and apply. In time expanding into more of me that I don’t yet see, but God is the Master of developing me and loosing what needs to be set free.