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The other side of COMPLAINING.

It's a choice....

It’s a choice….

What’s not going right with you at the moment?

Have you noticed how natural it is to always see the negative in every situation? I didn’t really realize how bad it was until a few months ago when I actually ‘heard’ myself one whole day at work. As I drove home that day, I was just amazed at all the things I complained about. This person didn’t do this……this person didn’t do that…..my boss doesn’t keep up with stuff……how did I get assigned to do this?……it is so hot outside…….it is so cold in the office…..blah blah blah.

I mean, it seemed like I had dedicated the whole day to complaining.

We complain about what’s going wrong in our life and our relationships. About our spouse and our children, our family and friends. Our job, our bodies. And some of us have a constant gripe about things that we have experienced in the past, seeing the whole world through the speckled glasses of that complaint. Not to minimize any grievance, but no one is worth years of committing ourselves to a negative mindset.

If we took a day, just to listen to ourselves, at our choice of words, which in turn shows our choice of perspective, we will be amazed at how our attitude is hindering our altitude.

About 2 months ago, I started a gratitude journal that I journal in every day. My prayer was that God helped me to make gratitude my default setting. I had to force myself to go against that natural grain of seeing the negative and finding that spark of positivity in every single thing. I asked God to help me get to the other side of complaining. To see the positive and hear the positive. To choose to live in a state of gratitude, that’s the other side of complaining.

Give every situation a second look and find the gratitude spot!

My prayer for you today is that in the midst of any disappointment and delay, remember that “no good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly”. That God is faithful even when we are not. That gratitude turns what we have into enough.

Blessings always

JC

 
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Posted by on August 1, 2016 in Daily Inspiration, Prayer

 

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Are you halfway there?

Just do it

“Even the snail made the ark!”

Did you set some goals and resolutions at the beginning of the year? We are almost halfway through the year, are you also halfway through those goals and resolutions?

I made some too. I am on track with some, but some….not so much. I’ve realized that many times we don’t give ourselves much needed encouragement for progress. For many of us, accomplishing our goals means a 180 degrees shift in our habits. But those pesky bad habits take so much unconditioning!

It takes a sharp focus, and a constant reminder of how bad we want it…..

how bad do we want to have a certain amount saved up?

how bad do we want to be at that particular weight?

how bad do we want that degree?

how bad do we want to own our own home?

how bad do we want our business to thrive?

how bad do we want to know scripture?

how bad do we want it?……..

I wanted to merely encourage you today, if you started off hot and sweaty on January 1st, 2016, but fell off way before today, get back on track….

I heard someone say “even the snail made the ark”. That tickled me, but it is true. Progress is progress.

Change takes time, but change isn’t change until you change…..

You can do this! We can do this!

Have a great and productive week πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Blessings always.

JC

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2016 in Daily Inspiration

 

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Who is waiting for you to be obedient?

Obedience

“Somebody in need is waiting on the other side of your obedience”

I was listening to a podcast today and heard this quote. It just struck me in that place of unfinished to do lists πŸ™‚

You know all those things that you’ve been putting off? That place.

Have you ever closed your eyes and envisioned the number of people who are waiting for you to be obedient?

Waiting to read and benefit from the book(s) you haven’t written….

Waiting to eat from what you can teach them if you made the investment to learn more….

Waiting to benefit from your leadership as you step up….

Waiting for you to accept that it’s not about you.

Even when you ‘get around’ to it, delayed obedience is still disobedience.

So many times we feel the pull of what could be. We have desires that God has given us, but we procrastinate and drag our feet….wasting time. We lose our focus and allow so many things to distract us.

We all have something that we are to serve to others that we do better than anybody else. What is your thing?

I am such a proponent for living on purpose. For investing in one’s self so that others can benefit from us being the best that we can be. That’s success.

There would be nothing worse to me than climbing the ladder to success and then realize that the ladder was against the wrong wall 😦

So I encourage you today…….start writing that book (20 minutes a day)

go back to school….

memorize scripture…

start that business….

get that certificate and hone in your skills….

I don’t know what it is for you, but I bet someone is waiting to benefit from what you have to share.

Have a great week πŸ™‚

Blessings

JC

 
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Posted by on May 25, 2016 in Daily Inspiration

 

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When has the past had enough of your attention?

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Do you find yourself dwelling on the past?

Thinking about it…….

Talking about it……

Dwelling on it…..

Stewing about it…..?

Whatever we give attention to, we are giving energy to. We are giving past situations, past hurts, past feelings, past failures, past disappointments, and past grudges, life.

We regurgitate it: throw it up and then eat it again…..over and over again. We won’t let it die, we won’t let ourselves get over it. And most times when we do this it is when we believe we are right. And we may be right, BUT, we retard our progress when we cannot move beyond what happened.

Can I say that this sneaks up on us sometimes? Our lives are going in the direction we are looking and we don’t realize which way we are looking (past or future), until we start monitoring what we are saying. After all, our mouths speak out of the abundance of our hearts.

Listen to what you talk about, what you rage about, what you complain about!

About two weeks ago, I actually went home from work and realized that I complained about everything that day. I have been waiting for my work assignment to change and because it is taking way longer than is typical, it impacted my attitude. I said to myself “uh no ma’am, you need to pull this together!”. So I got out a journal and wrote a whole page of gratitude. I immediately felt better. I decided that I would do it for 30 days, or longer, and challenged myself to not complain about ANYTHING. About traffic, the weather, food, work, people, family, church……NOTHING!

I realized how easy or natural it is for us to slip into that negative space, that negative place in our heads unless we have something intentionally in place to point us to ALL that we have to be THANKFUL for.

So monitor your thoughts and words and see in which direction they are driving you……..

Have a blessed week!

Blessings always..

JC

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on May 16, 2016 in Daily Inspiration

 

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Time waits for no man…..

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Today for my weekly post I was fairly sure I knew what I was going to write about. That is, until I happen to log into Facebook. As I was scrolling through I came across the news that a high school mate had passed.

As a homicide detective, I deal with death in some way or form almost everyday.Β But I felt a little shock on finding this out……a light gone out of childhood eyes 😦

Someone summed up my feelings accurately “As children we never really expect to die”

Sitting at my desk I felt this sobering nervous dread because time is really going by. You know that feeling when someone passes who was close to your age?

Time waits on no man or woman…..so

Love while you still can…

Forgive while you still can…

Serve while you still can…

Live on purpose while you still can…

Find out who YOU are while you still can……AND

Be the best YOU while you still can…..

Blessings always

JC

 

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2016 in Daily Inspiration

 

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Is God Enough?

Myrtle Beach sunrise....

Myrtle Beach sunrise….

 

Is God enough? How dare I ask such a question?

We are studying a new book for bible study and it is on WORSHIP.

Worship being ‘anything we value or ascribe worth to’.

We are really getting to the bottom of ‘what’ or ‘who’ we worship. We may all say that we are worshiping God, but in actuality when we take a look at where the bulk of our time, money, energy and attention goes…….we may come to another conclusion.

Some of us worship our families, our jobs, our possessions and ourSELVES.

Last week, in the book, we got to discussing Psalm 16. In it David is talking about his trust and security in God. He is thoroughly satisfied to dwell IN God. Choosing to experience pleasures found with God rather than elsewhere.

But what happens when we don’t feel like God is enough, because we’ve had so many pleasurable experiences ‘outside’ of God? I’m not just talking about sexual experiences, I’m talking about those of us that are foodies/gluttonous, shopaholics, selfish, vain, lazy etc…….even those of us who are workaholics.

I really got to thinking about it. Even though most of us would not outright say that God is not enough, I would argue that our actions say it.

I’ll pick one thing……unforgiveness.

When we hold on to unforgiveness, we choose something that pleasures us and not what pleasures God. Are we saying that God is not ‘enough’ to handle the wrong (s) done against us? Perhaps we are…..

Anyway, just the words in my thinking cap for today. We are all somewhere in the process of being more like Christ.

Have a great week!

Blessings always.

JC

 
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Posted by on April 4, 2016 in Daily Inspiration, Forgiveness

 

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Family Vacation….

BALANCE……

This has been my area of improvement for a long time. Juggling the many hats I wear is a challenge. But I can say that when I took control of my clock and calendar, and became more intentional about what balance meant for me, I began to see results.

I’ve been wanting to make sure that I produced a blog every Monday. But for the longest I hesitated because I wasn’t sure I’d have something to write about every Monday. After some wise counsel from my pastor who reminded me that if I set some time aside to ask God what He wanted me to write about, He will give it to me.

So I created a note section on my phone entitled ‘blog’ and I asked πŸ˜‰ Well, He started giving me titles and stories and now it’s up to me to be consistent…..

Anyways, back to the balance thing. We are fresh back from family vacation/spring break and it was so relaxing πŸ™‚

I lurked for the sun every morning, slept with the balcony door open to hear the waves, enjoyed our away time and especially enjoyed watching my water babies have fun…

I have always loved the morning. Maybe because of it’s clean undisturbed freshness or the hint of promise everyday brings, I don’t know, but I love it!

first glimpse of the sun trying to make it's entrance..

first glimpse of the sun trying to make it’s entrance..

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progress..

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well worth the wait...

well worth the wait…

 

Most of my mornings were also spent trying not to share my writing materials with this little early bird πŸ™‚

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My daughter has always been a water lover and now her brother has followed suit. So it was a pleasure to watch them…

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We had a refreshing time and baby boy and I took in a few more sights as baby girl and dad went off to see Batman vs Superman…

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loved these pelicans in formation...

loved these pelicans in formation…

 

Had a great time and am looking forward to the next. I do believe baby Jason had the most fun time of all πŸ™‚

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Have a great week and I pray you are doing all you can to ensure your life is balanced.

Blessings always.

JC

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2016 in Daily Inspiration

 

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