Shift!

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Men and women all over the world, it’s time to shift.  Shift our mindset and shift the way we go about doing things.  As we know, the definition of being insane is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.  Have you been expecting or wanting some changes in your life?  If so, what are you doing?  If you’re merely sitting around waiting for things to just magically happen then guess what, you probably gone be sitting there for a while.  In order for change to come, a shift must take place.  Shift the way you think and I guarantee you shifting the way you do things will happen automatically.  I say that speaking from personal experience.  I had been in a situation that mentally I couldn’t find any good in, knowing that God put me there.  For the longest, I always talked about the spirit of expectation that I had being there because I knew that God sent me, yet my mindset was still extremely negative.  God could not do what He wanted to do with me until I shifted my way of thinking.  Immediately when I shifted my state of mind, the way I did things totally changed.  Shift!

I want to elaborate on our thoughts for just a moment.  Far to often we stay stuck on all the things we have done wrong in life.  Shift! We are all humans and we make mistakes.  A shift takes place when you are able to pick up the lessons learned from the previous chapter all while looking straight ahead and writing a new chapter in life.  Focus the majority of your energy and attention on what you have done right.  I’ll also add this, whatever you doing right, keep doing it.  Take it up a notch and make it a point to operate in excellence.  Shift!

A slight change in position, direction or tendency could be the very thing that God is waiting on.  If you have an expectancy of change, that’s something that God has placed on the inside of you.  He’s just waiting on you to get your mind right.  This requires you to do what? Shift! Alright, now I hope you got it.  So let’s go change some things up a bit. You got it.  How do I know? Cause God got you! #iDeclare #Shift!

Separation from the Norm

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As I’ve gotten older and experienced many aspects of life, I have come to realize that change is inevitable.  A lot of times we are reluctant to change but what God has shown me is that as we grow and mature on a daily basis there may be times when He has to pull us away from our regular routine in order to take us to a new dimension in Him.  I like to think of it like this, He has to separate us in order to elevate us.  I remember a few years after I graduated from college, I got a new job and I was extremely excited about it.  I was going to become a flight attendant.  I’d be doing something I never even thought about doing, heck I had only been on an airplane once before even getting the job.  But, deep down inside I knew this was the change I needed.  What I didn’t realize nonetheless was that I would have to leave everything I knew to take this job.  I had to leave Florida, where all of my friends and family were located, and go up to Atlanta.  Now, technically for the job it was not required that I move, but for God it was a requirement.  This was what He told me I had to do, so I did it.  When I first moved to Georgia, I felt so alone and out of place, even though I loved my new job.  What I had to realize was that God was separating me from my comfort zone.  I had gotten so comfortable with the things, places and people around me He was pulling me to a place where it would be just Him and I.  A place where He could change and rearrange some things in my life that could have never happened had I stayed where I was.

When you are stretched out of your comfort zone or separated from the norm it can be a very testing, challenging and grueling experience and for me it was all of the aforementioned plus some.  But why is that?  If we know that change is inevitable, why are we so reluctant?  Why does it feel as though it is such a difficult journey?  I know personally, the reason it was so tough is because I did not understand what was going on or why.  We all desire understanding, especially in the midst of undesirable situations but there will be times when we just don’t get it.  The understanding comes after it is over and sometimes it never comes at all.  That is like the clay trying to understand the potter while it’s being molded into a vase or something, it just won’t happen.

Separation brings elevation.  Try not to focus on the situation while you are going through, focus on what the outcome will be once it is over.  As the saying goes, there is light at the end of the tunnel.  You just gotta make your way through that tunnel full speed ahead with your eyes wide open so you can see the end.  If you don’t understand anything else, know that there is purpose behind any shift, change or alteration that comes your way.  God is calling you higher, how will you respond?  #iDeclare #separationfromthenorm

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Prayer:

Father God in the name of Jesus, I come humbly before your throne of grace.  I come to give you thanks just for being who you are.  Thank you God for the shift and the changes that are taking place in my life.  In times when I don’t understand why, please help me to stay focused and increase my faith and trust in you.  I decree and declare that there is purpose behind every shift, change and alteration taking place in my life and instead of running from it, I will embrace it.  Thank you Jesus for being such an awesome God.  In Jesus name, Amen.

Scripture Readings:

Ephesians 2:10 ESV “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

Romans 12:2 NLT “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”

Just One of Those Days

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Have you ever just woke up feeling like it was going to be just one of those days.  When you don’t want to do anything but stay in bed.  That is how the day started off for me.  It’s like I had an uneasy feeling in my spirit.  My mind was racing at a hundred miles a minute thinking about everything and nothing all at the same time.  As I got the girls up and got them ready, I prayed.  This gave me some peace, but the lingering feeling didn’t really go away.  To be honest it only got worse once I left the house and started moving around.  Nothing went anything like I thought it would.  I ended up being gone for a lot longer than I expected because my short to-do list turned into a long list of surprises.  By the grace of God, I made it through.  What I’d like to talk about is how do we handle days like these?  Why do we even have them?

Although I am not a fan of days like these, I truly believe that God allows us to go through to draw us closer to Him.  Yes, you may have a set schedule in regards to your prayer life or time that you spend with God.  I do to.  But sometimes we get so caught up in our day-to-day that God wants to break up the regularity. He wants us to pray differently, read our word differently, just overall spend time with Him differently. I know at one point, there was a time in my life where I would spend Tuesday and Thursday morning as my in-depth prayer time and study my bible comprehensively on Monday and Wednesday.  Now, I would throw prayer in every day as well as bible study, but God showed me that He wanted to change things up a bit.  He wanted to modify my regular scheduled programming.  When there is transformation and growth taking place, you cannot continue to do the same old thing the same old way because if you do you will get the same old results.  This can be said for everyday life, not just spiritually.  The definition of insanity is doing the same thing expecting different results, hence where the uneasy feeling comes in.  God doesn’t want His children to be crazy.  He is constantly growing and maturing us in Him and in order for that to happen, something’s in our life and in our everyday ‘norms’ are going to have to shift.

As for how we handle when the shift is taking place, first and foremost we have to acknowledge it for what it is.  When you get that feeling on the inside, but you aren’t sure what’s going on you must first acknowledge that something is in fact going on.  Don’t just count it off as being tired or depressed.  No, that is what the enemy would have you to believe.  When those feelings come, talk to God.  Not just because you know it’s the right thing to do, be 100 percent honest with Him and tell Him how you feel.  Be real with God.  If you aren’t real, then there is no way you’re going to be able to make it through.  Eventually the front that you are putting up will be exposed.  Besides,  He already know anyway.  When you express your feelings take a minute, and pause.  Hear what He has to say back to you.  Think about it like this, when you have a conversation with someone you talk and then you listen.  Do the same with God, in your conversation take the time to listen.

It can be tough to experience days like what I’ve mentioned above, but what I want you all to get is that you are not the only one it happens to so try your best to see the bigger picture.  Having just one of those days, could really be a great thing because that is evidence that a shift is taking place.  I don’t know about you, but I say Lord shift me, shape me, mold me and make me into the woman of God that you created me to be.  There’s a reason that God allows things to happen in our life.  Embrace it. Learn from it.  After all, that’s what living life is all about.  #iDeclare #justoneofthosedays

Prayer:
Heavenly Father, thank you for seeing me through just one of those days.  Although it may not be the most pleasant experience when I am going through, help me to see the bigger picture and truly discern what it is that you would have me to do at that moment.  I decree and declare that I will embrace change.  I will learn from it and as transformation is taking forth in my life, it will push me towards my destiny.  In Jesus name, Amen.

Scripture:

Psalms 139: 23-24 KJV “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

2 Corinthians 3:18 KJV “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”