A Pause-We Need It!

The moment I sat in the conference I was able to let down and release emotions that I had been holding in.  I was able to laugh- really laugh- hard.  I was able to cry and not be strong for anyone.  I was able to see my husband and our relationship different.  I was able to hear that the issues I was having with my children would pass.  I was strengthened realizing I was not the only one in my situation. I discovered new ways to handle finances.  I experienced the joy of meeting goals.  I had dreams deposited in my heart.  Many ah-ha moments I took away that helped me in the months that followed.  These are the reasons why I take time and invest in myself each year to spend it with my tribe-Women.

So why do I put off my own self-care as a woman?  I’ve found that through the years when a women’s conference is offered that promises to refresh and energize me, I wait till the last-minute to make a decision to attend and register.  As well as make my hotel, ground and air transpIMG_8416ortation.  Through the many seasons of our lives we tend to pour out our entire beings to our children, our partners and/or our jobs.  If an opportunity came for our children that would encourage or enlarge their ability to improve their lives, we would sign them up right away.  Often times we wouldn’t even care how much it costs.  But when it comes to investing in ourselves, we dilly-dally, make excuses, and procrastinate.  At the moment I boarded the plane I realized for the next 72 hours, I would be alone with myself (my real self-the one without titles or responsbilities), and others who were busy doing the same life as me.

It was at these conferences that God spoke clearly and concisely to me about the future of my spouse, my children and/or my career.  After the first session, I reflected again-why does it take me so long to commit to investing in myself?  I would then promise myself that the next time I would sign up right away.  Well let me speak into your life now-you’re worth it!  Invest in yourself, so that you can keep giving and going.  The money you spend on yourself will return back to you in ways you cannot count.  So like the song goes, “Oh Baby-You’re Worth It!”

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Who said being a Christian is boring?

Sitting here this morning, after looking at my Facebook page, I am thanking God for my full life.  Who ever said being a Christian was boring must not have been plugged into loving, and serving him fully.   

I have found that when you do Matthew 6:33, “Seek first the kingdom of God…” you always will have a full life.  What is the Kingdom of God about you may ask?  The Kingdom of God is about PEOPLE.  Loving people.  Serving people.  Giving to people.  When we all leave this earth the only thing that will leave a lasting impression is the people-the relationships- we were in.  

I know you may be thinking, but I don’t like people.  I can relate to that.  At one time I too didn’t like people, and do you know what I found?  I didn’t love myself.  You can’t give what you don’t have.  You can’t love people if you don’t love yourself.  Jesus said the whole Bible hangs on these two commandments; “Love the Lord your God and love your neighbor as you love yourself.

The reason we don’t love ourselves is because we don’t really know who we are.  We don’t know what our idendity is or our purpose here on earth.  Living a self-centered life can get old fast, and needless to say lonely.  So, love yourself, love your people and the love of God will overflow into your life-and your life will never be boring.