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You can have a healthier and happier life if you can learn how to give up some of the stressors in your life over to God. Don’t be afraid to reach out to God when you need help.

Don’t be ashamed or afraid to follow your instincts. They are there for a reason. If something feels wrong, listen to that little voice inside your head. That little voice is called your conscience. It tells you when you should and shouldn’t do something. Don’t do something if it is against your morals. If it feels wrong, then weigh your options carefully and make the right decision.

Listen To The Holy Spirit’s Guidance

The voice is also the Holy Spirit trying to get your attention. God is making you aware of how any situation could affect your life and morals as a Christian. It is also a way that God makes you aware of when things aren’t the way they should be, in your circle.

For instance, if someone is drinking around you and you don’t want to drink, then you have every right not to. Make smart life-saving decisions. Listen to your heart when it tells you when it is time to walk away from a situation that could cause you harm.

Then There’s That Nudge

Sometimes the nudge can be subtle such as a feeling of God telling you that a certain situation may not be the proper place for you. Or it can be a loud resounding shout from God to get out of a situation, fast. Whether it is the small voice or the loud resounding voice of His Spirit telling you to walk away, listen to Him first and get out while you can.

Whether you are in school, at work, or at home or when you’re driving, if you feel that nudge within your heart, follow it. If you feel that nudge telling you not to do something, trust yourself and don’t do it. Don’t give in to the temptation of Satan telling you to go against your morals.

Don’t ever be ashamed to follow your instincts. You know the difference between right and wrong. Trust yourself to make the right judgment calls in every situation.

Stand Up and Say Something

If you see something is wrong, then step up and say something about it. If you see someone getting mistreated, come to their aid and try your best to help them. If someone is being picked on because of their appearance, then tell them that they are beautiful, no matter what they look like.

If someone tries to get you to go against your morals or against your faith, you have every right to stand up to them and tell them to not mock your faith. You have every right to stand up for yourself. If your faith is important to you, show it. Don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself whenever you feel you need to. Don’t be afraid to stand up and be there for others, either.
Say Exactly What You Mean

Another way to improve your lifestyle is to say what you mean, while not being mean about it. Don’t be afraid to say what you really feel. Saying exactly what you mean and having the words come out nicely, is a very rewarding feeling. When you say things in a calm matter instead of getting angry, you are acting more mature as well. Take pride in speaking up.
Don’t Be a People Pleaser

You don’t have to live your life to please other people or make them approve of you, either. Your life is not meant to be lived to be a people pleaser. No one really wants to live like that for their whole life because it is so tiring. It can wear you out mentally, physically and emotionally.

When you are constantly thinking, “Will I be enough for this position” “Will I get this position?” “Am I good enough, smart enough or strong enough?” “Do these people like me or my work ethic?” All of those thoughts can wear you down faster than ever. If you think about pleasing others instead of just living life for yourself and doing the things you love, you will miss out on the joy that comes with feeling deep in your heart that you are doing the right things.

When you are doing things, try and do them as if you are doing them for God, too. Doing things as if you are doing them for the Lord, helps you remember that God is there in every aspect of your life, whether it is good, bad or in between. When you make your focus “I’m doing this for God and for His glory, not for myself or my glory,” things will become so much easier to do.
Never Speak Badly About Yourself

If you speak ill of yourself, or if you speak negatively about yourself you won’t be as happy as you should be. The chances are that you will start to believe the lies that Satan puts in your head about your self-esteem. God made you perfect and flawless. Do your best. Don’t doubt your abilities. God gave you the abilities you have for a reason. Every ability that you have is for you to use for God’s glory. Don’t worry if you haven’t found your unique passion or figured out your abilities yet because God is molding you into the person you are meant to be each day. Trust Him in His timing and enjoy the journey.

Love Your Life

Enjoy life with everything you have within you. Don’t let anyone or any circumstance steal your joy or zest for life. The reality is, you never know how long you have. Make every moment countYou can have a healthier, not to mention a calmer life if you listen to your heart, listen to God and His spirit keeping you on track and let your conscience guide you.

 

Have you ever had one of those days where you are trying to be happy, yet you just don’t understand why you feel down? You tell yourself that life isn’t that bad and you pray for peace. Sometimes peace comes over you quickly like a flood, while on other days it may feel as though it’s coming on in a trickle. Some days the hope you have for yourself dwindles down to almost nothing. Have you ever looked at yourself in the mirror and felt as though you are looking at a hallowed shell of what you used to be or what you longed to be?

Have you ever looked in the mirror and cried because you just don’t recognize that person in the mirror? Have you ever had anxious thoughts about your everyday life flying through your mind and not fully understand why? Chances are we’ve all experienced days like that. Even though there may not feel like there’s hope, you can always turn to God for peace of mind. That is my prayer for you.

I pray that no matter how down you may be feeling about yourself that God touches your heart deep enough, that you know He is still with you. I pray that He fills your heart with His joy, instead of sadness and that He takes away the numbness and replaces it with His peace.

I pray that you realize that you’re never too far gone to release whatever is bothering you into His arms. I pray that you have the courage to cry out to Him saying, “Lord I need you. I can’t do this one my own.” He can and will lift you to a place that you can reach Him again. I pray that you feel His arms around you when you call out for Him.

My prayer for you is that you enjoy the life He has given you. Take each day as a blessing, and focus on the positive things in life. Think about one thing or multiple things in your day that you’re thankful for. The ability to see your parents and hug them. The ability to drive, or spend time with your friends on a coffee date. I’m thankful that I can write these blogs every week. Remember, you’re never too far gone for Jesus to reach out and pull you back up to a place where you feel His presence in your life. I pray that you feel His presence in your life more than you ever have before. I pray that He replaces the anxiety with joy and especially His peace. Whenever someone reaches out to give you a hug, accept it, it could be God giving you a hug through that person.

I pray that you feel lifted up instead of downtrodden. Yes, life is sometimes difficult, but it is a beautiful ride. All you have to do is look for the blessings in your everyday life. I pray that you look for and find those blessings and take them to heart. Take a look at your life and see the things that He has blessed you with.  The blessings are never-ending, all you have to do is look for them. There’s always something to be thankful for. I pray that you’re thankful for every aspect of your life.

I pray that you reach for help when it is offered. I pray that you realize that it is completely okay to ask for help if you’re struggling. I pray that God allows you to ask for help when you feel you can’t even ask for it. I pray that He speaks to your heart, your mind and your soul. Remember, you can let go of the pride and the ego that says you have to be strong and can’t ever ask for help. Everyone needs help at some point in their life. There’s absolutely no shame in asking for help, especially from God.

I pray that you pray instead of complaining about any aspect of your life. It is a tough thing to remember not to complain when things get tough. That is often the first thing that we want to do when things don’t go our way. But instead of complaining, turn all that emotion into prayer. I pray that you can change your attitude from the view of “this is too hard,” to, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13)

I pray that every time you pray, you start to feel the peace that surpasses all human understanding, and that you know the peace is from God. I pray that you seek God in everything that you do, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. Never give up on yourself, or your dreams.

 

 

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Have you ever felt as though you are identified by the job you do? Do you ever feel as though your job title is the only thing people recognize you by? Have you ever wished that other people would get to know you in a more personal way, outside of work?

Your Work Title Isn’t Your Only Identity

Don’t let your identity destroy or define you. Be who you are meant to be. Love yourself and be confident within yourself.  Feel at peace with yourself as much as you can. Otherwise, you will miss out on so much joy that this life has to offer.

If you see yourself as only one identity, it can take your other strengths away from you. For example, if you only see yourself as someone, such as a Christian, a singer, a writer or a mom, dad, a father, or a social worker, or any other title that you can think of, any one of those things will be who you are.

You don’t have to live with just one title over you for your entire life. You are many things. It takes much time to figure out who you are in life, as well as what your unique abilities are. You don’t have to let just one title define you.

Don’t Become Consumed with Work

If you allow yourself to be defined by the thing you do for a living, you’ll forget about your other passions and become consumed with work. You are more than what you do at your job. You may never be seen as someone else if you don’t figure out who you are first, and then show your unique abilities off to the world. People may never see the different and unique sides of your character if you only allow yourself to be defined by one role.

Don’t Worry About Other’s Standards

You might even end up losing yourself within that role if you aren’t careful. Remember, there will always be people that are better looking, and better than you at something that you do in your life. However, you don’t have to let that define you, either. If you are constantly fearing that you will never measure up to someone else’s standards, you are getting the wrong idea. You are also setting yourself up for the failure that you didn’t want in the first place. There will always be people that are bigger better and faster and stronger than you, but just focus on you and do your best. When you know you did the best you could, you can look back with pride at the job well done, regardless of how it turns out.

Bumps and Bruises Don’t Mean Failure

You will have bumps and bruises along the way in your journey. There will be times when you think you will never make it in life. Thinking that you will fail is the first step to failure. However, thinking that you can do something and that you’ll do well at something is the first step in succeeding at whatever you do. However, don’t see minor bumps or bruises in your life as failures. Rather, see them as stepping stones in the right direction.

Don’t Psych Yourself Out

When you think to yourself, “Oh I’ll never be as good as so and so” you are only limiting yourself when you truly shouldn’t be. You don’t have to limit yourself. That is also Satan making you feel as though things may never happen for you. Don’t allow Satan to limit your thinking. Remember you can control your thoughts. You are in control of what you do and what you think. You are also in control of what you say to yourself every day. Don’t psyche yourself out in any way.
Never Settle for Limitations

You don’t have to give yourself limitations or let others set limits for you in life. Rather, rise above any limitations that are set before you. The only limitations that you ever have are the ones that you place on yourself. Remember, you can do all things through Christ who gives you strength. With Him at your side, there is nothing you can’t do.

Enjoy Life
You can have an awesome life and an awesome time if you don’t identify as one specific identity in your life. You are made to enjoy your life and explore all it has to offer you. As you walk this journey between who you are and who you will become, remember, you can be anything that you want to be. If you feel a certain desire to go after something even when others think that it is a bad idea, still go for it. Even if other people try and talk you out of it, you don’t have to listen to them.  God will guide you in every step of the way as you navigate through this life and figure out your passions and your unique abilities.
Ask God to guide you in what area of your life should shine in specific titles. Ask Him who you should be in front of other people. Above all live your life for Him. Identify as a follower of Christ and all other things will fall into place.

You are allowed to have many different unique characteristics. That is one of the biggest joys in life, is finding out who you are and who you can become, as well as who you are meant to be in life.

getting over obstacles

Obstacles are always going to be in your path. They can either be big or small. You have had the experience of stumbling over obstacles that are in your life. Maybe you have even tripped over your own thoughts of inadequacy. The feeling of inadequacy is from us critiquing ourselves too much and from us believing the lies of Satan. He makes you feel as though you aren’t good enough, smart enough, or fast enough to get through the obstacles. He also makes you think that the trials in front of you will never go away. The good news is, you have the power of God within you at all times.

God Already Knows

Whenever you are facing trials, turn to God for reassurance. When you are unsure of where to turn, sometimes God is the only person to go to, because He already knew that you were going to face the trials in your life anyhow. Think about it for a second. If God already knew that you were going to face a trial, wouldn’t He already give you a way out of that trial? Wouldn’t He direct you as to which path to take in order to work through it?

Ask God to give you the wisdom and discernment to overcome hardships in life. If He already knew exactly which trials you would and will be facing, every time one arises, He will surely give you a way over them, through them, or around them. Ask Him for the reassurance that He is always with you in every moment of your life. Rest in His words and in His love that He will get you through any trial, no matter what it may be.

Take a Step Back

Take time to think about ways you can overcome any challenge you face whether it is in the workplace, at school or at home. Even more so, look at everything you have overcome in life with God’s help. God helped you get a job to provide for yourself and your family.  You have overcome many other tasks at your job even when they seemed intimidating or too crazy for you to handle. That was and is all because of God and His power working in your life. He has never failed you, and, He isn’t about to start now.

As overwhelming as life gets at times, there is nothing you can’t face with God at your side. God has already given you the ability to overcome anything in your life. He even says so. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV

Don’t Be Afraid or too Proud to Ask for Help

There is nothing wrong with falling on your knees and asking God for help whether you are struggling with something or not. Don’t be afraid to ask Him for help when you need it most. He is always willing to help you and to lift you from the depths. Even though you are a sinner, God loves you so much as His own child. He loves you so much that He is willing to do anything for you to see you happy. Even if you feel unworthy to ask Him for His help, He longs for you to call on Him. He longs to help you have the confidence inside you and the courage to face any challenge head-on.

There is also nothing wrong with asking other people in your life for help with tasks either. If you have exhausted all of your options while trying to figure things out, then you can and should go ask for help. Ask your most trusted friends and even your family members for help. Tell them what is going on and ask if they have any suggestions as to how to tackle the tasks in front of you. If someone asks you whether you need help or if you want help, just accept their help, you don’t have to be afraid or too proud to ask people for help. You also don’t have to do everything yourself. You don’t have to get everything done in one day or at one time.

You Need God

Don’t be too proud or arrogant to admit that you need God, because the truth is, you are in constant need of Him, whether you realize it right away or not.   You would not be here without Him. God will always give you a way out of every trial even when there seems to be no way. Trust in Him and that He is always with you. Never give up even through any obstacles you face.

 

What obstacles has God gotten you through in your life?