Happy New Year Family! I know by now you are knee deep into making all of your dreams come true for 2019! Yep it's what we do, and if you're fortunate you haven't fallen back into your old habits, yet!
Thursday, January 17, 2019
So what do you feel you need more than anything in the world right now to make you happy? How does the end of your day leave you feeling? Are you satisfied or disappointed and tired? Now think about how you began your day. Like most of us, we wake up with a to-do list and pre-planned job duties a mile long. We can experience mental overload before our feet touch the ground! We fill our minds with all of the things that “we” need to do, and what we need to “make” happen. I don’t know about you, but it brings me a little peace when I have accomplished most of my to-do lists within a 12-24 hour period. I am a horrible procrastinator, but when I get things done the peace that I experience from that is very short lived. Where the old list begins to dwindle, there is another one waiting closely in the wings screaming for my immediate attention! This use to drive my husband crazy! LOL. “He’d say; honey we will get to it, don’t worry”. I use to feel so bad thinking my mind was overloading and disturbing his peace! I had to learn to stop, and celebrate an accomplishment before picking up new “to-dos.”
My soul desperately cries out for focus, and not only focus for what I want, but for what God wants for me.
Today, I tried a 7- minute focus drill. In the guided drill I was forced to focus on one thing, while giving some attention to the things that would pull my mind away from that primary focus. I then had to force my self to come back to the center of my focus, pushing the distractions out of my view. It was not easy for me as I try to do 10 things at once. I'm constantly running back and forth trying to keep all the balls in rotation. I realize when I do that, all the balls maybe moving, but do I know where are they going? I'm I really getting anything of substance done? Much like a person who juggles, the art is being able to “juggle”, but to what avail? Maybe to say you are focused enough to keep tossing and catching the same balls over and over again? Although impressive, is it real productivity? How did that juggling act fulfill my God given purpose on that day? See we can do and accomplish a lot of impressive stuff, but is that what we’re suppose to be accomplishing. I realize that I don’t want to be this master Multi-tasker in the sense of how our world glorify and praise that skill today. I want to focus on the task at hand giving all of my attention to what is important in that moment, and then move on to the next. So how do we accomplish this, when there’s so much to do in our waking hours? Let us tell it, and women especially , ALL of it is top priority! Lol. Lord helps us.
In Ps. 118:24 God reminds us that every new day that we enter, He made it. Meaning not only did He prepare the day, and the encounters of the day He allows us to be in it. So our focus and direction every morning should be, "God What did you prepare for me, today?"
What is your focus for me in this day Lord. What have you pre-ordained? When the Word of God says that His peace will surpass all understanding, and guard our hearts and minds, it means that we have to experience His peace. Not create it. No one ever visits a spa, or a vacation resort, and then try to create a peaceful environment once they arrive. “Okay let me plan my peace?” No! The entire retreat IS peaceful. It has already been prepared for you. Just walk in, sit down, and receive. (Yes Jesus!) God is saying, I’ve already created it. It’s a gift that comes with each new day. Look for it, and accept it.
So, I am a planner, am I going to stop planning? Of course not! Lol. I will however begin practicing the welcomed spiritual discipline of accepting God’s providential moves, as they come. True inner peace comes from knowing God’s will, trusting God, and then accomplishing what He wants us to do in “that” day. That old gospel song that says; “This peace that I have, the world didn’t give it, and the world can’t take it away” That’s facts! If you believe that more money, status, things, friends, and fame will bring you real joy and peace, man ole man the hard and tiring lessons will abound. I’ve been there! All of those things are subject to change, and will fade in your lifetime, on this side of heaven. But once you prove what that acceptable will of God is for your day, and then you walk in that. You will have successfully accepted your free gift of His peace, and your life will emerge from that peace. Every distraction or seemingly altered course of your day will bring on new meaning as you search for the daily miracles and blessings God has waiting for you.
Let's Search for God's Gift of peace in 2019!
Monday, December 10, 2018
Have you heard of the Devotional Jesus Calling? It is a best selling devotional written by Sarah Young, and has been republished numerous times. The messages are always on point and there are scriptural references attached to each promise.
Today was one of my Favorites!
The first sentence began with: Make Me The Focal POINT of your Search for Security.
All of us want to feel safe, but everywhere you look nowadays you see everything BUT that. As soon as you put your trust into something it soon changes. I have never seen so many warranties and insurance polices abound in my life, and within that insurance find ways not to cover everything.
So many people are trying to secure, and protect their futures, But ONE thing is for certain, nothing on this earth is “safe.” I have a thing that I say now, and it's “If you can see it, it will change! Good or Bad. Like the old people use to say, just keep living.
So what do we hope in? Many people bet on themselves. They feel if they hustle hard enough in life it will payoff. To an extent this can be true, but it is not fail proof. The only real security is the One who cannot change, and His name is Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the Same Yesterday, today, and forever. Hebrews 13:8
Hebrews 6:18 also talks about the two immutable “unchangeable” things that should bring us great security. God’s Promise and God’s Oath. When God made Abraham a promise He swore by himself because there was no one greater! He needed nothing else to secure His promise but HIM. People often secure their word with “I Promise” Or “I swear”. Even the Presidents elected in our Country have to place their hand on God’s word to “cement” their oath in a greater truth because their word isn’t good enough. God doesn’t have to do that. He IS the Truth, and He is the only Security that we need. Remember to always make Christ the Focus in your search for security. He knows where you're going because He's already been there!
If you Get Christ, You get Security.
Friday, October 12, 2018
Children of God. How does the world see you? Your friends, family, colleagues, strangers. Do you know what they think about you? Do you care? Lets be honest, most of us like for people to view us in a positive light. Although it may not always affect the way you do things, it feels good to be respected. Fortunately the way the world sees us is not a true reflection of ourselves. Shoot, the way you see yourself isn't an authentic picture of who you really are! We humans can be very narrow minded.
They way we see ourselves and they way others see us is tainted by situations, sin, and short sightedness. Be careful not to form your identity based on carnal( non spiritual things.)
Our brain us incapable of seeing others and ourselves the way God sees us. The reason for this is because God sees us from a place of what He created us to be, not what we currently see. When others give their opinions of you, whether they be good or bad it comes from a carnal place. They can only speak on what they see, where they are currently in life. It is impossible for people to comprehend past the place of their spiritual revelations. It is God who illuminates.
I love this scripture in the Bible that says, man looks at the outward appearance but God looks at the heart. (1 Sam 16:7). Let your daily prayer be that God will allow you to see as He sees.
Remember you are Chosen by God...You are light, You are special, You are ROYAL! .
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Have you ever found yourself worrying about similar situations that God has delivered you from? I often feel that we are no different from the Children of Israel, and their complaints as God delivered them through the wilderness. There are so many things to rejoice over while in the midst of our wilderness; but we become consumed with what we don't have. Instead of focusing on what you don't have, shift your gaze to WHO you have. Not what, but WHO. We have God, and along with God He brings faithfulness, and His never ending resources.
Psalms 37:3 Tells us to "Feed" on the Faithfulness of God. Period. Don't fill your self up with insecurities, anxiety, worry, and stress. All of these things are present when we are faced with a situation that we can't handle. Our problem is we were never meant to operate independently of God. There isn't a Me pile, and a God Pile. ALL OF IT belongs to God.
Trust His resume. Feed on His faithfulness, despite the dark clouds that hover in an attempt to steal your peace. The threat of death, loss, sickness, and failures will take your eyes off of God. Don't do it. Focus on Him. Feed on His faithfulness, because In Him is your only safe place.
Friday, October 5, 2018
Living above my circumstances can only be mastered in that place by you. Lord God my Creator, Jesus my Redeemer, Holy Spirit my comforter my soul desires a place by you.
In your place is Honor and Majesty. Strength and Gladness is an instant reward! No earthly circumstance can thrive under the majestic grandeur of your presence. The sheer light illuminating from You is too much for darkness to stand. IT CANNOT STAY.
Lord, welcome me into your presence; customize my comfort that can only exist with You. My home is with you. My eternity is with You, my life is hidden with You. This earth and everything in it is temporary. It will pass away, but my place by you it is secure!
I rejoice because no circumstance can ever take away my place by You. My strength and Joy will remain. Lord make me glad. Visit me; rather make me aware of your frequent visitations because I know that you are here. Keep my eyes fixed on You.
Help me to remember that you are the most important part of my day. In your place, I am always safe. Grace me to never forsake my place by you, for it is a place that this world cannot Touch.
Monday, October 1, 2018
"What do I do?"
"Am I coming or am I going?"
"Why is my life so hard?"
"I'm all out of ideas".
"I have no clue what's going to happen."
"How do I get out of this?"
"I'm am scared"
Fear and worry can create a battlefield in our mind as we struggle to manage aspects of our life. We rip and run, we seek advice from friends, family, and doctors, all to end up more confused and stressed than we were when it first began. "Why do I do this to myself?" This is the question that I often ask as I sit trying to figure out yet another mind boggling situation that was never created for me to handle. I can imagine God standing there, with His hands clasped together as He patiently waits for me to remember that this is HIS project! Sometimes, I shake my head at myself and think "Girl, this is not for you!" You need to dump all of this in the lap of the only Person that can do something about it, God.
Just dump it and leave it. I know, it easier to say than do. But once you master this you won't ever let worry and stress take root again. God has shown me that every single time I fully surrender a situation to Him, I get to REST..
Be Accountable. Give God His projects.
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
I had the pleasure of sharing my husband's story with A Time to Dream Radio. It was a very well rounded and interesting interview. I am grateful for the opportunity to share our testimony! They also gave me the opportunity to promote my new book Accountable to God. If you would like listen In details are below!
Our guest this week is Chandra Hawthorne. Chandra is the author of "Accountable to God" and will tell her story about her husband's near death and the miracle that ensued. Today, Noon and Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Green Bowl. Fishbowl Radio Network. www.fbrn.us. Monday, 8:00 p.m. WRNO Worldwide Radio. www.wrnoworldwide.com. Anytime. www.twr360.com and www.atimetodream.org.
|Darius and Chandra 21 Years Married|
|Long term care fo 77 days|
|Strong thumbs up despite coma|
|Summe 2017/Coma 37 Days|
|Road to Recovery Sumer 2018|
|The easiest way to listen in is to go to www.twr360.Com and search (Chandra Hawthorne)|