You know that feeling you get when you talk about something that you really love? For example, a new car. You get a new car and you’ll tell anyone who will listen about how great it is, how fast it drives, how much of an upgrade it is, etc. That’s how I feel about my God; I love to brag about Him to anybody with open ears! I love to tell people how He has blessed me, how He answers my prayers, and how He never fails to amaze me!
When you put your faith in Him, you see what He is capable of. You start to realize that certain plans didn’t quite go the way you wanted them to, because His plans were much bigger and better. You begin to understand that when you put something in God’s hands, He will make more of it than you ever could have imagined! I can’t tell you these things based on what I “heard” from other people, but rather what I have experienced first hand.
He is a provider, and He is able. I don’t know anyone else who can make a way out of no way like He does. Whatever you stand in need of, just know that we serve a God who always provides. And all He asks in return? Simply for us to have faith and trust Him. We ask God for prosperity, but He does not reward us until we take that leap of faith and trust Him. For God I live and for God I die. Once you open your heart and trust God with the very thing you are willing to die for, you will see Him answering your prayers and showering you with blessings!
But not only is God able, He is loving and forgiving as well. I can’t count how many times He has forgiven me, and then gave me chance after chance, even when I didn’t deserve it. That’s how unconditional His love is. Know that no matter what you do or how far you might stray, He will never turn His back on you. Jesus died on the cross for us, which is why we repent our sins and try to be a better person for Him. Many of us think in order for God to bless us & use us for greatness, that we need to have everything together; but that is hardly the case, you don’t need to have it all together. All God asks is that we have something, anything, that He can take and use unto His glory!
Do what makes you happy and put your talents to good use…
If you have a passion or even just an idea, act on it and bring it to life! Start that business you’ve been dreaming about for years, start that book you’ve been drafting on for weeks; bring your ideas to life!
“The saddest thing in life is a wasted talent” – Thomas S Monson
Our talent determines what we can do.
Our motivation determines how much we are willing to do.
Our attitude determines how well we can do it.
You will never be as young as you are RIGHT now, so what are you waiting for?! I know all of us are busy with the various things we have going on in life.. but if you want your creative ideas to flourish, you have to make the time to bring them to life! It won’t be easy but it will definitely be worth it. Please don’t let your wonderful idea(s) die out over time, you never know how far it will take you. Look at Mark Zuckerberg, I’m sure 10 years ago he didn’t think Facebook would be where it is now — one of, if not the, most popular social media platforms!
I kept on and kept on putting my blog off until finally I thought “what is stopping me?” and decided to act on it! I may only be talking to ten subscribers right now, but whose to say one day I won’t be talking to ten thousand subscribers?
Have faith; believing in yourself is half the battle!
Is it selfish to put myself before others? The answer is no, it’s not selfish! I’m sure at some point in life you heard the cliché saying “take care of yourself first, or you will have nothing left to give others.” I couldn’t agree with it more! We were all given a special temple.. our own body, mind and soul; and it is our responsibility to take good care of it.
It is important to not get self-care confused with self-absorbed. Self-care [by definition] is care of one’s self without medical or other professional consultation. To me, self-care is crucial to being able to function — it is getting enough sleep, exercise, peace, etc. in order to perform daily tasks efficiently. Self-absorbed [by definition] is being preoccupied with one’s own thoughts, interests, etc.. AKA self centered, thinking the world revolves around you. See the difference?
So why is it when we practice self care and practice putting our own needs before the needs of others, it is seen as being selfish? Ask yourself this, what good are you to others if you are exhausted, stressed out, and unhappy? None. Don’t get me wrong, there is no doubt we would all do anything for a loved one (friend, parent, spouse, etc.); anything to help them feel better physically/emotionally. However, it’s imperative to look after yourself, too. You can’t pour from an empty cup. Meaning if you give all that you have, there will be none left for yourself.
3 easy ways for you to take care of YOU:
- Pamper yourself Take the time to have a spa day, go and get the massage that you deserve. Get your hair and nails done. Go for a walk/run; do something that relaxes you
- Don’t be afraid to say NO Protect your schedule. If you know you have a hectic week coming up, don’t feel obligated to make plans or squeeze in a bunch of last minute things. This will only result in you being [more] stressed
- Spend your money on what matters We all spend it wastefully every now and then, which is to be expected. But you want to spend it on what matters to you; when we’re stressed, we tend to spend without thinking. 9 times out of 10 that makes things worse, considering money is a huge source of stress for a lot of us
Taking care of yourself may simply mean taking time to pamper yourself; it could be a weekend getaway, or simply doing some of your favorite relaxing activities. Whatever it is, take the time to do it! Your mind and body will thank you for it later! Its okay to get caught up in helping others, just make sure you recharge!