Are You Spending Your Time or Investing It?

 

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When it comes to time, there is a difference between spending your time and investing your time.

To spend means “to use up, consume, deplete or drain.”

To invest means “to devote one’s time, effort or energy to an undertaking with the expectation of a worthwhile result.”

Make sure you’re investing your time instead of spending it.

Remember time is precious and fleeting.

It’s the one thing you can never get back.

 

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Have A Bird’s Eye View Perspective

 

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There is nothing more beautiful than the bird’s eye view from an airplane window.

Having a “Bird’s Eye View” in life is just as beautiful simply because it allows our perspective to expand and change.

This new perspective allows for a shift from “me” to “us” and from “part” to “whole.”

Allow to see life’s circumstances in this same way.

 

Signs Everywhere

This past weekend my husband and I, along with our great friends took a long weekend trip up to Nashville.  Last minute plans are usually the best, don’t you think? The idea for this trip came on the heels of hurricane Irma several weeks ago. After enduring several days without power, along with other stressors, it was time for a fun getaway.  And so that’s exactly what we did!

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If you follow my blog, you probably have noticed that I talk quite often about “messages” and “signs.”  I believe when we choose to stay awake and look at our world through spiritual lenses, we will find messages meant exclusively for us.

With that said, I am not suggesting that you will see a message every time you step foot outside your house, nor will everything you see in writing have a “hidden meaning.” All I’m saying is when you commit to living in a space of awareness and perpetual gratitude, you will notice that God sends us messages.  The kind of messages that will not only speak to you and your current situation, but will also let you know that you are not alone.  They will show up when you least expect it, however their timing will be perfect!

So, on the second day of our trip, we decided to leave Nashville and head over to a beautiful vineyard about an hour away from Nashville.  On our way up we took a quick detour to stop in a little quaint town we saw on the side of the road.  Once we parked, we began to walk around in their “downtown” area, which by the way seemed like no bigger than my neighborhood street.  It was super cute and filled with several little stores that we couldn’t pass up.

The store we stumbled upon sold a variety of souvenirs along with some beautiful leather items.  As I began to look around, there to my left I noticed a set of wooden staircases leading up to a second floor.

In the blink of an eye, I found myself standing right in front of the staircase.  And so as I prepare to walk up, there it was staring right at me . . . a message!

And not just any message, but “MY” message.

 

“We know it’s a climb, but it’s worth the effort.”

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My climb! The long and hard climb I’ve been enduring this past year.  The exhausting climb that for a while I wasn’t even sure I could finish.  Yes, it was worth the effort!  Every single step, my sweat, each tear, ALL worth it!  There was absolutely no doubt, this message was for me!  I could feel it in my heart and deep within my soul.  Every word was for me and I received it with an open and grateful heart!  Right in that moment, there was a peaceful feeling that washed over me because I wasn’t alone.  Not in that moment, not today or not last year.

I was never alone, Never!

In life, God doesn’t promise us an easy climb.  He never promised a life without trials either.  What he does promise is to always walk alongside us.  Each step of the way he is there right beside us. He carries us!

With each step we take he wants us to fully trust in him, even when we can’t see the whole staircase!

 

 

Pay Attention When Your Soul Guides You.

When I was younger my soul was always trying to guide me, but I wasn’t paying attention.  Looking back now, it wasn’t that I purposely ignored it, I think for me it was because I didn’t know any better.  I didn’t know how to recognize the signs my soul was sending.

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The signs were always coming at me. Every time something in my life happened, my soul showed me the way.  It was guiding me to the next step in my journey.  At first my signs would present themselves in quiet, subtle ways.  When I ignored those however, they would get louder and more obvious.

I recently read about a young lady that stood in line at the courthouse for 3 hours with her former husband to get their marriage certificate.  Finally, when they got to the front of the line, while standing right in front of the clerk, there was a bomb threat.  A BOMB THREAT!  It forced them to evacuate the courthouse on that day.

She turned to her fiancé and asked, “Is this a sign?”  Prior to this day, the young lady had already received many subtle signs that this relationship was not right, it was destructive, but she ignored them all.   Yes, it was a sign!

When you interfere with your soul’s guidance.

There were many times, I too ignored my soul’s guidance. Like the time when I accepted a job offer because it was more money, knowing very well it wasn’t the right job for me.  As early as my initial interview, all the signs were there telling me it wasn’t the right job, but I didn’t listen and proceeded to my second interview just because I thought I “should.”  I landed the job, only to realize shortly thereafter it was a huge mistake.

Consider the times you ignored your soul’s guidance.  Chances are you did so because you thought “you should.”

Your soul always knows the way.  It knows what YOU need and what you truly desire.  But when we don’t trust our soul’s guidance, we call the signs a “coincidence” or “whimsy.”   To listen to our soul takes acts of courage that can be terrifying. It may require us to be uncomfortable for a time, or maybe it might ask us to give up something we want to continue to hold on to.

Your soul will always show you the TRUTH of who you are and what is aligned with your true self.  Therefore, it is important we pay attention and heed our soul’s guidance.

Remember the soul doesn’t yearn for certainty, the soul yearns for freedom.

 

 

Never Say . . .

Never say that all the flowers are dead, the winter has killed them, they are gone.

No!  Although the winter has covered them with a white coat of snow, in the spring they will begin to sprout again and blossom even brighter than before.

 

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Never say the sun is not there just because the clouds have hidden it.

No!  The sun is still there, planning to shine for you once again.  It is planning on shining so bright, that the clouds will drop its rain and blue skies will appear once again.

Never say my troubles will never leave, no one understands me, my affliction is here to stay.

No! When you least expect it God will help you, He will restore you, he will send you the people meant to help you through your journey.  And once you get back up, standing on both feet,  you will rejoice and be filled with gladness once again.

Be Patient. Wait. Trust.  For in the right moment, at the appointed time you will be made new!

 

The Unique Blogger Award

A great BIG thank you to Roda over at  “Growing Self” at  https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/124996724/posts/25953 for the Unique Blogger Award Nomination!  Roda’s site is filled with amazing pictures of beautiful critters and farm animals along with her phenomenal garden.! Her inspiring posts truly will fill your heart and soul with love, peace and much hope.  Don’t forget to stop by and check it out!

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The Rules:

  • Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
  • Answer the questions.
  • In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.
  • Ask them 3 questions.

 

Roda’s Questions:

  • What would you describe as your perfect moment?  My perfect moment is sitting around my dining room table having dinner with my husband and my two children.  I cherish the small moments spending time with the people I love the most!  I don’t need to be fancy!
  • Describe the person you aim to be in five sentences or less.  Each day I strive to be a person that is filled with courage and love for others.  I strive to always be an understanding person and to inspire others every chance I get.
  • What is the one thing you love most about YOU!?  I love that I am a very genuine person that truly loves the people God has placed in my life.  With me, what you see is what you get.  No pretending to be anything, but myself.

My questions:

  • What is the one thing that fills your heart with the greatest happiness?
  • What life lesson has taken you the longest to learn?
  • What is the one thing you love most about YOU?

My Nominees:

There are many wonderful and inspiring blogs I follow.  In fact, I love these blogs SO MUCH that every morning the first thing I do, second to having my morning cup of coffee of course, is read these blogs.  Many inspire me and help me get through my day.

https://soulfood101blog.wordpress.com/

https://pureglory.net/2017/10/06/god-pleasing-or-people-pleasing/

https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/21559941/posts/1617057975

 

Back In December . . .

Back in December of 2016 when I first started “Faith Love Soul” I was going through a very difficult time with my husband’s health.  I was having to care for him in a way I had never had to before.  I remember one particular day we arrived home from one of our many hospital visits and if I’m honest I felt beaten down, depleted and fearful!  I remember sitting on my couch and wanting to just write.  With no plan or rough draft, I sat with my laptop and began to pound on the keyboard with an intensity I had never experienced before.  The emotions I had been holding back had taken a toll on me. I had been trying to be strong for everyone, while feeling helpless inside.

So on that particular day, I literally poured out my heart and soul into this post.  It was raw and real.

This is that post!

 

We Were Made To Be Courageous!

 

“Courage doesn’t mean you don’t get afraid. Courage means you don’t let fear stop you”

We were made to be courageous! We gain strength and confidence by every experience in which we stop to look fear in the face.

Courage is defined as “the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty”. Courage is not the absence of fear, but bravery in the midst of fear. Right smack in the middle of our fears, deep within lies our courage.

I am the first to admit that courage is not something that comes easy to me. It is something that I have had to be mindful about and work very hard towards. Many times our soul pulls us toward one thing, but we allow the lack of courage to override it. We allow the voice in our mind to be louder than our spirit’s voice. Your spirit knows things that your mind cannot explain. Learn to have enough courage to listen to that inner voice, your spirit’s voice. It is here where you will find your truest self!

We live in a world where we are distrusting and tend to look at the negative in circumstances, first. But I can tell you that courageous people trust first, regardless of what they see. They give the benefit of the doubt. Courageous people say what they mean and mean what they say, without expectations. Courageous people live in a positive space, where they look at the glass half full instead of the glass half empty. Courageous people build others up, they don’t tear them down in order to feel better or bigger. Each of us are born without fear, but as we grow older the world around us teaches us to fear. We buy into the knowledge that we can’t say what we are truly feeling simply because we fear rejection. We don’t pursue our dreams because we tell ourselves we are not enough, once again giving into fear. Dare to be true to yourself. Have the courage to not be afraid to be who you are and who God intended you to be.

Start living the life you are meant to live. We all have a purpose in this world! Pay attention to that nudge in your gut, listen to that voice in you spirit, and be courageous enough to follow that. It is in this space that we will find true happiness for our life.   Our spirit always has a way of speaking to us, if we are open to listening! Remember that Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow”.