AUTHENTIC POWER. THE ONLY TRUE POWER!

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Our emotions serve as classes in this Earth School.  Emotions will either make you feel powerless (fear) or powerful (love).

But at any given moment you possess the power to respond in love or respond in fear.

You get to choose!

In our pursuit to gain some sense of control in our lives, we often confuse external power with authentic power.  We seek external power and believe that the more we acquire it, the more success we achieve, the more influential we become, and the more respect we will gain from others. But it is quite the opposite!

 While external power deals with the ability to manipulate and control (fear), authentic power is the alignment of our personality with our soul (love).

So, today I would like to share some distinct behavior differences between authentic and external power.

Which are you mostly operating from?  This list might surprise you.  I know it did for me!

Authentic Power (Love)                External Power (fear)

Vulnerable                                        Emotionally closed

Open Heart                                      Walled off

Compassionate                                Righteous

Intimacy                                            Power Struggle

Wants to heal                                  Avoids Pain

Faces Fear                                        Resists Fear

Creates Authentic Power             Seeks External Power

Open to intuition                            Closed to intuition

Detached from outcome              Attached to outcome

Spiritually growing                         Spiritually stagnant

Let’s remember that authentic power is created by YOU and therefore comes from WITHIN.

It is the ONLY TRUE POWER!

 

 

The Liebster Award!

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Thank you Efua at  https://graceoverpain.com/blog/  for nominating Faith/Love/Soul for the Liebster Award!  I am truly humbled by this award!

Please take some time out to visit Efua’s blog!  It’s very insightful and full of wisdom!

The Rules of the Award are as follows:

  • Acknowledge the blog that nominated you and display the award. 
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you.
  • Give 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 11 blogs
  • Notify those blogs of the nomination.

11 questions to answer:

  1. What is your favourite worship song?    Even If ” by MercyMe
  2. What is that thing you cannot do without and why?    Reading, because I love to learn and grow every chance I get!
  3. If you were to eat one food for the rest of your life, what will that food be?   Seafood, all types!
  4. Outdoorsy or indoorsy?   Indoorsy
  5. What made you give your life to God?   My trials and difficult situations.
  6. Are you a morning person or evening person?  Definitely a Morning Person!
  7. Who is your favourite bible character and why?  Ruth, I love her strength.
  8. Which country would you love to visit next and why?  Italy, because my goal is to travel more often to discover Europe.
  9. Would you prefer extremely cold weather or extremely hot weather?  Cold weather!
  10. If you were to pick one of these which one do you think you are mentally. Old school or new school?  A little of both.
  11. Favourite book apart from the bible.  Seat of the Soul”  by Gary Zukav
11 Random Facts About Me:
1.  I love to sing all the time.
2.  I am a bit silly and goofy at times.
3.  I love to joke and laugh.
4.  I cry with commercials.
5.  I love quotes.
6.  I enjoy reading inspirational books.
7.  I love to help others any chance I get.
8.  Super Soul Sunday is one of my favorite shows.
9.  My son inspired me to start my blog.
10. I love, love music.
11. My favorite time of the year is Fall.
Now for my Nominations:
  1. theaudacityoffaith
  2. GirlyChristian
  3. Camellia’s Cottage
  4. BeautyBeyondBones
  5. The Shower of Blessings
  6. Cries from an unkempt garden
  7. Dreaming of Guatemala
  8. For Love & Grace
  9. Jane Catherine Rozek
  10. Mama’s Empty Nest
  11. Unshakable Hope

The Power of Reciprocity

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The other night a good friend and I decided to meet up for dinner for some “girl time.” We met at one of my favorite Mexican restaurants close by and this is what happened next . . .

As we walk in I noticed a familiar face sitting at a nearby table.  Sure enough, she was a friend I knew back in high school that I hadn’t seen in years.

As I approached her table to say hello she was equally surprised to see me. We chatted for about 10 minutes before I took a seat at another table across the room.

Back in high school . . .

I met her my sophomore year.  She was always kind to me, although I remember she was a bit shy and reserved.  At that time, she had just moved from a different country and didn’t know the language much.  Looking back now, maybe that was the reason behind her reservation. We weren’t very close nor were we the kind of friends that would go out together after school or even talk on the phone. Of course that was back when the only phone we had was the one on the kitchen wall!  I do remember however,  we often talked during school hours.  I also remember that I helped her several times with the language barrier, not thinking much about it then.

Back at the restaurant, my high school friend is finished with her dinner and while she proceeds to leave, she looks over at me with a big smile and waves.  I of course waved back with a big smile too.

This is when it all changed for me . . .

Our waiter approached our table to bring over our check and to say, “your tab has been paid in full.”

I was expecting an itemized check with a total sum for our dinner.  But what I saw instead was a note that read, “I will always be grateful to you.”   Signed by my high school friend.

My head began to spin, trying to go back in time in hopes that I could figure out what I had said or done that made this kind of impact!

And so, I began to recall moments in time.

I thought perhaps it was the time I helped her with the language barrier.

Or maybe, it was my acceptance of her in a time where peer pressure and the need to fit in meant everything.

Although I may never know what prompted her to write such beautiful words or do such a kind gesture, I do know this . . .

Don’t underestimate the power of love, kindness, and helping others.

Because what we put out will ALWAYS, ALWAYS come back around!

 

 

 

 

 

Thorn Bushes Have Roses

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” 

~Abraham Lincoln

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Roses are one of the most beautiful flowers. They also have large, sharp and painful thorns.  The thorns are so sharp they can even puncture most gardening gloves. If picking a rose is what you wish, one must do so with caution as the thorns can cause you to bleed.

But as this quote states, we can focus on the curse of the thorns, or the beauty of the rose.  It’s a matter of perspective.

This also applies in the way we choose to view our world and similarly our lives.  You’re either an optimist or a pessimist.  Either the glass is half full, or half empty.

I’m not saying that in life you can only be an optimist.  As with a rose bush, we cannot only notice the rose, it is important not to ignore the thorns as well, as they each have a purpose.

The same applies to the pessimist.  If you only focus on the thorns, without a doubt the thorns will not ignore you.  Similarly, life is like that too.  We always get more of whatever we focus on.

Your attitude is up to you.  Don’t get me wrong, there are days that I am a pessimist and other days I am an optimist.  But most days, it’s through the lenses of an optimist that I choose to view my world.

What roses and thorns are you dealing with in your personal life?  Try to get past whatever is holding you back from seeing more roses.  You must believe that the world is for you and not against you.  And although we shouldn’t ignore the thorns, it is the rose that makes life worth living.

Begin to focus more on your roses and less on your thorns and you will be amazed how your life will take a different turn, but only if you let it.

In The Blink Of An Eye . . .

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In the blink of an eye our lives can take a drastic turn. 

I learned this valuable lesson at the ripe age of twenty. Unfortunately, this came from losing someone very dear to me. Hard lesson to learn so young, and although I was forever changed, thank God I persevered!

We learn our best lessons from the most difficult times in our lives.

And so, it goes . . .

We can’t have sunshine without rain.

 Laughter without tears.

 For to stand on the mountaintop, we must first walk in the valley.  

 It’s just the way it is!

I was reminded this past week how VERY FRAGILE life is.  A harsh reminder, but I guess it was THAT time again. . . “reminder time”.  Now and then we need a little jolt, not only to set us back on track, but to set those around us as well.

And so, as I move forward with this realization, I proceed with renewed clarity.

I love a little deeper,

Laugh a bit louder,

Hug people tighter, and

Live this one life like there is no tomorrow.

For in the blink of an eye it can all change.