Define Your Own Success

Webster defines success as favorable or desired outcome; also, the attainment of wealth, favor, or eminence. Today, social media has also presented a level of success that some people try to emulate. A lot it is in the form of money, cars, houses, weave, makeup, flat tummies (you can buy a good girdle, if you are having a few problems with getting that washboard stomach) and so many other things that sums up as material possession. I fell victim to the hype of false gratification of wanting more, but for all the wrong reasons. The pursuit of stuff didn’t make me happy, but created a bigger void. Thankfully, God is sovereign. He gave me specific instructions to follow his divine path.  I heeded a couple of months later. I was guilty of being stubborn. My way felt more “successful.” LOL!! Of course, it didn’t reap the benefits that I desired. So here I am writing a weekly blog post. My obedience to writing is part of my success. It brings me peace and joy to hear how God’s enlightenment from my life blesses others.

Our success is flowing in our purpose. Stop allowing the world to dictate yours. Purpose brings happiness and peace. Live your own life. If you are happy in the capacity of where you are now, keep going. Forget what the naysayers have to say.  God places us in strategic places to reach certain people in a particular location or area at a specific time. We can not all be in the same place or position together. Create your own success story that is not a replica of societies rendition. Be successful! Be you!

I will instruct and teach you in the way you should go: I will counsel you with my eye upon you (ESV, Psalm 32:8).

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths (ESV, Proverbs 3:5-6).

 

 

 

 

 

A Quick Reminder

This morning I pulled a smile out of my back pocket. The thought of dealing with life’s challenges, momentarily grabbed my joy. A voice on the other end of my phone, reminded me that my feelings of frustration were a sign that I was not truly releasing my problems to God. I was pretty sure that I had done so. My lip service during my prayer time was on fleek, but lacked any sincerity. God is not moved by extra drama.
The Bible says, “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” (NIV Psalm 55:22) He can handle all the obstacles on his own. Jesus has the stripes to prove it. I must relinquish all cumbersome situations to God. Holding on makes me upset and diminishes my peace.
The simple reminder from my friend changed my attitude. I put the fake smile away and allowed the freedom of God’s joy to flow through me.
Let it all Go and FAITH IT!!!

PTaylor2014 December 20, 2016 2 Comments Permalink

Ooohhhh, I Want to Pop Off!!

I do not always want to respond in a respectable manner. Sometimes, the pettiness feels the need to be unleashed on the offenders. But of course, that’s not a wise decision, it carries too many consequences. A brief lapse in judgement can destroy your integrity or relationships. Please weigh your words carefully with others. I had to deal with the very same issue last week at work. It was not easy to hold my tongue, but I kept my mouth shut. The ramifications of what could have occurred superseded that present moment of frustration.

There are times when our words escape us without regard. Then our actions of remorse must exceed the utterance of “I am Sorry.” We have the power in our tongue to kill or bring life. Do your best to maintain the true essence of who you are. We can not expect our peers to think as we think. We’re all different.

Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. (NLT, James 1:19)

Wise Words

I Have a Dream

…but there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.

The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.

We cannot walk alone.

And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead.

We cannot turn back…

” Martin Luther King I Have a Dream Speech – American Rhetoric. N.p., n.d. Web.

Just in Case…

Have you ever forgotten that God can do anything but fail? I have. How so? Well, when I complained about a situation or told everyone about my problems/frustrations before conversing with him… I forgot. God wants to be the first to know everything concerning us. I understand how easy it is to pick up the phone to call our spouse or dearest friend because we are so upset at that moment. Ignoring the real problem solver all the while. He already has the 411 before it is manifested naturally. Yet, he wants to hear about it from us.
There is nothing wrong with venting our frustrations to those close around us, but we must remain cognizant of our redeemer. I’m learning the freedom of truly releasing everything to him in our chats. I love the feeling of having a clear heart and knowing that all is well. God has my back. There is no PowerPoint presentation on steps to conversing with him. All you need to do is talk to him from your heart; including those secret hurts and pains you keep bottled up inside. Keep him first through prayer and reading the word. He is waiting on you.

” Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” (NLT, Matthew 11:28)

Thank you for the reminder, Marion Weston.

PTaylor2014 November 2, 2016 1 Comment Permalink

Not Picasso, But Thank You

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I was feeling kinda blah after work on  last Tuesday. Internally, I debated on attending bible study. My energy level was on low and there was not a burst of rejuvenation in the horizon. My cousin called at the 12th hour to ask if I would be going to church. No, was my response. It required too much preparation. After the phone call, I continued to contemplate going. A quick glimpse at the time and with a small surge of energy, my daughter and I got dressed to go.
My pants were wrinkled, my face was oily, and my stomach was rumbling. I didn’t feel like a beauty queen walking out the door. As I sat in church listening to the life changing word being brought forth by Pastor Dio Pouerie, my neighbor across the aisle gave me a note. It said, “You are so pretty” along with a hand drawn picture. The gesture was so unexpected. The action totally made my night.
It’s the small things that make a huge difference in our lives. People just like to be acknowledged, appreciated, and complimented. The drawn picture of a girl and a flower was definitely not the work of Picasso (nor Dr. Suess lol), but it was heartfelt. God knew exactly what I needed. Each day practice greeting, commending, or just smiling at people you encounter throughout the day. You never know how much the expression of caring will benefit that person.

Thank you Elizabeth Brown!

PTaylor2014 October 18, 2016 1 Comment Permalink

There Is Hope in the Wounds

On my 40th birthday vacation, my husband and I went snorkeling in the beautiful clear waters of the Caribbean Sea. It was an awesome experience. The ocean is home to so many amazing wonders and creatures. While enjoying the breathtaking sights of the underwater life, I scraped my leg across some coral. After about an hour of venturing in the sea, we decided to end our snorkeling expedition. My husband and I walked back to shore. I instantly began to feel the sting from scraping my leg on the coral. The scratch was nothing serious, but the pain caused me to know that there was a break in my skin. When we returned home, I looked at my wound and it made me think of the great time I had in St. Thomas. A few minutes later, I began reminiscing on situations that occurred in my life that caused emotional wounds. Those experiences are definitely nothing I would want to relive. However, they remind me of God’s unfailing love. One of my biggest wounds came from dealing with postpartum depression. That era in my life was so dark and gloomy. At one point, I didn’t like to look at particular pictures or reread entries from my journal because in doing so, it triggered how terrible I felt at that very moment. I can now view those same photographs or writings and only feel a heart of gratitude towards God. He was my strength when I felt weakness and death. “God is my refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (KJV, Psalm 46:1)

Accepting Christ as my savior proved to be one of the most important decisions I have ever made. I’m pretty sure someone reading this post has experienced some type of emotional injury that you try to block out on a daily basis. There is no true peace without God. My wounds are no longer hidden behind a mask. I uncover them for the world to see God’s glory. Jesus showed his nail scarred hands to his disciples after he died on the cross. He wanted them to believe His truth from which He preached. There is healing available for anyone who is suffering with pain from any wound of the past and present. My wounds are now my truth.

“Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (KJV, Matthew 11:28-29)

PTaylor2014 October 9, 2016 1 Comment Permalink

Hey!! You Forgot to Apologize!!

A revision of “No Sorry”.

I had to learn how to move forward without hearing, “I’m sorry.”

Some people had no clue they hurt me. Others were not in a place to show humility for their negative actions. I didn’t want to forgive anyone. I needed them to acknowledge the pain they caused me. Everyone does not have the capacity to acknowledge the need to apologize for wronging others. I’ve seen so many reality shows with friends fighting and then having the expectation of one saying the magic words, “I’m Sorry.” When this does not occur, the hurt peer lashes out from the pain. Then you have hurt people, hurting each other. There is no resolve to the damage if this type of behavior continues. As much as it pains you – forgive to live. A part of our life stops in that moment when we choose to live in the misery. Example: if a close friend betrays your trust, you are hurt and upset by this action. Most likely the friendship will never be the same or it’s over. We can also use a bad divorce or a terrible boyfriend/girlfriend breakup in place of the reckless friend… different scenario, but same ending. Fast forward down the road of life. A trustworthy person which possesses the qualities of a true confidant crosses your path. Unfortunately, the wounds from the past keeps you from truly engaging in a relationship that has the potential to change your life. We have friends that give us a new lease on life. They have the capacity to open new doors in pursuing our purpose. I have people in my life who keep me grounded and progressive.

God allowed me to see His heart.  The same heart He gave me after I accepted Him into my life. Jesus asked God to forgive those who took part in his crucifixion… while they divided his clothes, and gambled for them. (Luke 23:34 The Bible) Jesus knew he was sent to die for our sins. He could not accomplish this goal without forgiving his abusers.

We can not fully serve God with an unforgiving heart. God gave me the strength to forgive. It was not an EASY thing for me to do. Especially when I suffered hurt from those I love. I had to move forward without hearing, “I’m sorry.” I refuse to have unforgiveness hindering me from truly being happy and enjoying life.

The best revenge is not your paper, it’s forgiveness.

PTaylor2014 September 23, 2016 1 Comment Permalink

Hey!!! You Forgot to Apologize!!!

A revision of “No Sorry”.

I had to learn how to move forward without hearing, “I’m sorry.”

Some people had no clue they hurt me. Others were not in a place to show humility for their negative actions. I didn’t want to forgive anyone. I needed them to acknowledge the pain they caused me. Everyone does not have the capacity to acknowledge the need to apologize for wronging others. I’ve seen so many reality shows with friends fighting and then having the expectation of one saying the magic words, “I’m Sorry.” When this does not occur, the hurt peer lashes out from the pain. Then you have hurt people, hurting each other. There is no resolve to the damage if this type of behavior continues. As much as it pains you – forgive to live. A part of our life stops in that moment when we choose to live in the misery. Example: if a close friend betrays your trust, you are hurt and upset by this action. Most likely the friendship will never be the same or it’s over. We can also use a bad divorce or a terrible boyfriend/girlfriend breakup in place of the reckless friend… different scenario, but same ending. Fast forward down the road of life. A trustworthy person which possesses the qualities of a true confidant crosses your path. Unfortunately, the wounds from the past keeps you from truly engaging in a relationship that has the potential to change your life. We have friends that give us a new lease on life. They have the capacity to open new doors in pursuing our purpose. I have people in my life who keep me grounded and progressive.

God allowed me to see His heart.  The same heart He gave me after I accepted Him into my life. Jesus asked God to forgive those who took part in his crucifixion… while they divided his clothes, and gambled for them. (Luke 23:34 The Bible) Jesus knew he was sent to die for our sins. He could not accomplish this goal without forgiving his abusers.

We can not fully serve God with an unforgiving heart. God gave me the strength to forgive. It was not an EASY thing for me to do. Especially when I suffered hurt from those I love. I had to move forward without hearing, “I’m sorry.” I refuse to have unforgiveness hindering me from truly being happy and enjoying life.

The best revenge is not your paper, it’s forgiveness.

PTaylor2014 September 23, 2016 1 Comment Permalink

Do Know Your Self Worth?

I remember when I was in my early 20’s. I dated this guy who was not the nicest person. You know that one guy that your friends and families dislike… but you’re so in love. Too bad, you do not see what everyone sees until you’re hurt. It took me a few months to break it off with that guy. I felt like he was the one. I’m not sure why I thought that. The problem was, I needed to get a revelation of my self worth. Once I did, I was able to end the relationship. He was impudent and lacked any type of integrity. Being in that relationship made me become more secure in myself. I made a vow to never allow any man to treat me disrespectfully. It was my fault I gave someone the opportunity to mistreat me. We condition people to treat us in a certain manner. If we lie down as a mat… guess what? People will walk over you and rub the dirt off their shoes on you. That’s the purpose of a mat! Right? But, you are not a mat! God created us in his image. He is not garbage, so stop letting others take you to the dumpster!

Never lose the essence of who you are in a relationship. Please realize you are fearfully and wonderfully made. “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” (KJV, Psalm 139:14) Do not become complacent in situations that leave you stagnant. There is so much in life besides that one person who is ripping your spirit to shreds. Arise to live in the fullest. A hurting person will do their best to pound you to a vapor. Know your self worth. Self esteem comes from within. No one can take it from you, unless you give it to them.

Be great! You are not alone, God is with you!

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. (NLT, Genesis 1:27)

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (ESV, Philippians 4:13)

 

 

 

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