Stars can’t shine without darkness: Changing your perspective on challenges

How can you measure the brightness of a star? A star’s brightness is measured by the amount of darkness that surrounds it. The greater the darkness, the brighter the star shines. Now imagine that you are that star but instead of being surrounded by total darkness, you are surrounded by challenges.

My philosophy is that challenges are unrecognizable opportunities that are commonly missed. Although challenges appear as unwanted difficulties that momentarily interrupt our lives, they serve a unique purpose that’s often misunderstood. You might think of challenges as obstacles that are preventing you from reaching your goals, but they are meant to move you out of your comfort zone and closer towards achieving your goals.  We all have things that we are believing for. We all have dreams that we want to accomplish. Most of us have businesses that we want to start. It’s easy to get discourage when we encounter obstacles and setbacks. But those hard times are meant to better you not break you. I know that eventually you will get through whatever obstacle you are facing but you will come out of the situation different. You can go through challenges and come out bitter or you can come out better. That choice is up to you. It’s easy to give up but that challenge is an opportunity for you to grow and get better. Think of it this way, if it was easy than anyone could do it. The challenges in your life serves a purpose but it’s up to you to realize that.

The greater the darkness the brighter the star shines. For what is the purpose of a star without darkness?  The same ability the star has to shine in darkness also hides within you. How can you realize your full potential without a challenge?

First Day of Spring Message!

Let your flowers blossom and destroy the weeds in your garden.

Plant seeds of hope and faith. Plant seeds of HAPPINESS. Plant seeds of GREATNESS. Dream Big and don’t allow the dream killers to kill your dreams. They will tell you that it’s impossible but believe in your dreams anyway. They will tell you that you can’t afford it but invest in your dreams anyway. Listen!! They know that you will make your dreams come true. They can’t stop you so they try to make you believe that it will never happen. So… MAKE IT HAPPEN ANYWAY!

Your mind is a garden.

Your thoughts are the seeds.

You can grow flowers 🌺

OR

YOU CAN GROW WEEDS.

Free Me From My Troubles Part II: The thoughts of a troubled mind, I escaped.

This is part 2 of my blog “Free Me From My Troubles”. Please Please click the link for part 1. http://ownthemoment.blog/2017/07/20/free-me-from-my-troubles/

Oh, how I wish to run away and be free; leaving all of my worldly duties behind. The constant flow of emails, phone calls, meetings, my increasingly hectic schedule, and the never ending deadlines. The things that bring me such agony that the mere thought of them makes me grieve.

I sighed as I began to day dream of a different life. A life of no troubles, worries, and burdens. I smiled for the first time as I stared out the window into the cloudy sky. My heart was carried from that life to this one as my mind entered into a peaceful state.

I heard a voice say “close your eyes and listen to the wind blowing in the meadow of green grass”.

I felt a gentle breeze rush through the pores of my skin as my troubles slowly drifted away. I found a spot to lay my weary body.

There I was content in my own company, free, serene, untroubled; surrounded only by my sweetest thoughts.

I fled the bitter storms of reality to free my mind from the load that wearied it. My heart was untrammeled by a single care.

The thoughts of a troubled mind, I escaped. At last, I WAS FREE.

The End.

Which direction are you going in 2017?

We have traveled many paths over the course of the years– trying to figure out who we are and what we want to do in life. Each year we continue to set goals, make resolutions, and promises to ourselves. Some of us go in the same direction each year only to find ourselves in the same mess. If you continue to do what you have always done then you will only go where you have always been. Do not be in such a hurry to enter 2017 without knowing the direction in which you are headed towards. Many people are going nowhere fast. Are you that person going in circles each year? Do you know your purpose in life? Are you living out your purpose? Are you on the right path towards your destiny? Will the path you chose for 2017 help you become a better person? If not, then it’s time for a change. It’s time for a different plan of action. It is time for a different plan, not your plan but God’s plan. In 2017 ask God to bless your plan and you will be successful in carrying them out. Let God direct your steps.

Proverbs 16:1- 4; 9

  1. We may make our plans, but God has the last word
  2. You may think everything you do is right, but the Lord judges your motives
  3. Ask the Lord to bless your plans, and you will be successful in carrying them out.
  4. Everything the Lord has made has its destiny; and the destiny of the wicked is destruction
  5. You may make your plans, but the Lord directs your actions

God has a plan for your life. But first you must surrender to Him. Please understand that your plans are not God’s plans; our ways are not His ways. God allows us to plan our lives and make preparations with our heart but as you know our heart can sometimes mislead us. So like a good father He wants to lead us and guide us in the right direction. God only wants the best for his children. God created you for his own purpose and inside you is a purpose that’s far greater than you can ever imagine or understand. There is greatness within you that you have yet to unleash. You cannot unleash that greatness within you as long as you are living in your comfort zone. The reasons He shuts doors in your life and lead you into the wilderness (moving you out of your comfort zone) are so that you may be far away from friends and families and hear from Him. He wants to change your hearts and lives, and for you to trust and believe in Him. So that you may bear witness to the goodness of His mighty works and know that He is God.

Isaiah 40:3

  • The voice of one that crieth, Prepare ye in the wilderness the way of Jehovah; make level in the desert a highway of our God.

Isaiah 41:18

  • I will open rivers on the bare heights, and fountains in the midst of the valleys; I will make the wilderness a pool of water.

Isaiah 43:19

  • Behold, I will do a new thing; now shall it spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.

 

Have faith and let God lead you on the right path, in the right direction. He leads us to discover and understand our purpose through our gifts and talents. He will allow you to fall down and go through some storms. He knows that you have what it takes to survive any situation. After all, he is the creator of all things. He is only preparing you for the blessing(s) that’s awaiting you. What you may think is destroying you is actually building you up for the promise, His promise.  You can’t get to the promise being the same way you are. You must change!

A New Year does not mean a New You until You change.

Psalm 32:8

The Lord says, I will teach you the way you should go; I will instruct you and advise you.

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