Reminders from God’s Calendar

Monday night before bed, I reviewed my monthly goals. Goals are easier to chew when you take a bite each day. Say no to overindulgence, my friends.

I said to myself, “When I wake up, I’m going to do this, this and this.” Gratefully, the sun rose and I had another chance to strive towards my goals. I hopped out of bed, ready to take on the day, listening to my favorite YouTube video I listen to every morning: Who You Are Message to All Women https://youtu.be/uWi5iXnguTU.

I jumped in my car and headed to my first stop of the day. I planned in my head and iPhone calendar I would be out by 10:00am based off of historical information given to me by others who had the same experience.

As I sat in the waiting area, sipping my hot coffee black, I engaged in light conversations with a few other people who were also planning the rest of their day and stating how much they HAD to do before the day was over.

Time quickly passed and 9:00am was upon us. I began to think how “I” could hurry this process. How “I” could make sure I was on to the next thing as “I” had planned the day before.

I shifted in my seat this way and the other, cleared my throat, checked my watch again and again, yet nothing happened.

I was slowly coming into the realization that I was not going to be able to leave when I expected. Isn’t it funny how we think we have control over others, the environment and the circumstances?

I was quickly reminded I could only control my reactions and attitude to what was going on around me. As I was asked to stand, shortly after I was asked to sit again as I was chosen to serve a civic duty.

Was I mentally, emotionally or even spiritual prepared for what I was walking into? No. Was I present to what had to be done over what I was desired to do? Yes.

I was called to make a shift and here are 7 reminders God’s calendar notified me of as I sat in a freezing cold room surrounded by people I had never met or even seen before.

1. What God wants you to do will always prevail over what you are choosing.

2. You are not nor have you ever been in control of anything other than yourself and your actions.

3. When you are present you are not missing anything.

4. You can fight for what you want or allow God to give you what you need.

5. You are progressing even when it feels like you are standing still.

6. There are people who need your presence more than you often realize.

7. Four hands on a steering wheel causes accidents, take yours off. Trust God’s.

I deleted all of my calendar plans for that day and quietly, gently whispered to myself “I want your calendar God, not mine.”

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The Spirit Virus

What ever happened to soul food? I’m not talking about the collard greens, the cornbread, the yams, or the dressing. I’m talking about the infectious, tasty conversations people use to bring to the table. Now, it seems like we as culture drink spoiled milk and vomit on others in public. Our attitudes being as tasteless and dry as a chef cooking homemade Mac and cheese for the first time.

Who do we turn to for answers? Or do we turn to ourselves? I believe we turn to ourselves. That’s the only thing within our control. Our reactions, our responses, our choices. Even not choosing is a choice.

This week, I got extremely sick at work. Sharp pains started at the top of my head to the soles of my feet. As I finished one customer, I went to speak with my manager. He greeted me with “Brit Brit, what’s up?” I replied “I feel very ill.”

He ordered me to the back to sit down for 10 minutes and to drink water. I did what he said, but I felt like I needed more than physical nourishment. I thought it may be a bad response to the food I had just eaten. I thought it was the bipolar weather of the south that had triggered my immune system to break down.

With tears running down my face, my body in physical pain and my eyes closed shut, I simply prayed.

When my 10 minute timer went off, I headed back. Still not physically or mentally up to the challenge of offering our latest promotions with a smile, I called it a day. I grabbed my things. Leaving my beloved cheesecake behind, I headed home.

For the next 36 hours, I took medicine, drank lots of water and meditated. The most effective of the the three turned out to be meditation. What was happening internally had a direct effect on my physical ailments.

My spirit was infected with self-doubt, frustration, irritation and toxic energy from others I encounter on a daily basis. So I turned to myself for answers. For a response. I decided I had the cure. Even if the food left me terribly ill, there had to be seeds already there to manifest such a horrible reaction. I won’t diagnose anyone else but here are symptoms of the spirit virus and things to avoid:

Symptoms:

  • Feelings of unworthiness
  • Lack of joy and peace
  • Challenge in communicating
  • Tension in the neck and under eyes
  • Doubt of a hopeful and divine future

Things to avoid:

  • Patients who have the spirit virus but do not desire treatment
  • Your own negative thoughts
  • Environments where toxic energy of normalized
  • Comparing your life to others
  • Revisiting memories without an intent to learn a lesson or choose gratitude

I believe the Human spirit is one of the greatest assets we have. When it’s sick our bodies let us know.

Peace and blessings,

Britney

We Need Each Other

“Don’t catch feelings!” seems to be the line for the millennial generation. 

The phrase is subjective; it’s interpretation varies by the individual.

I’m more interested in how we have ALLOWED society to corrupt our minds to go against the very reason God created man and woman. 
Each made distinctively to fulfill His purpose but both made in His image – LOVE.

A God who is that gracious, that kind, and that loving wouldn’t be pleased to know that His people  are creating barriers of pride, overly independence, and selfishness among themselves in order to APPEAR strong, not lonely, or vulnerable.

We gotta get away from this nonsense of not being real with ourselves and understand nations were built off of unisons of men and women who weren’t afraid or too egotistical to express how they felt, admit when they needed help, and aware of how they needed each other to survive. 

Regardless of the type of relationship – platonic or romantic – we need each other.   

-B

I Love You Forever, Lord

With 2 months left in 2015, I can’t help but reflect on what this year has entailed thus far. It has been the most challenging. Losing my grandmother in April was a hard pill to swallow. She was like my mother. I moved in with her when I was in the 11th grade. My sister and I sacrificed relaxing in Panama City on Spring Break to take care of her during an illness period. We cooked for her. We cleaned and shopped for her. This was one of many sick spells, but through it ALL, she continued to have a praise on her lips. Seven days before her passing, I had just started a new career in a new industry. She wasn’t concerned with how much I made. She didn’t care if I worked in a fancy building. The one thing she wanted to know was.. Are you happy? I replied ,”Of course I am”. She nodded with the little strength she had left and said “Good, keep it that way.” Two days later, she died. 

I know that it was nothing but the grace of God that allowed me to stand at her funeral and offer encouragement to her six children and a crowd of loved ones. I could boldy say, ”We are going to be all right.” I knew her strength would carry me..us..and it will continue to. So, I press on. 

Not even a month later, my uncle lost his fight to cancer. I visited him before he transitioned. He knew he was leaving, but he was still so calm. Another hit, but I kept pushing. Maybe two weeks later, I come home to find my mother’s dog which I gave her 6 years ago had been poisoned with something. She tried to move her little body, but she couldn’t stand up. This went on for about a week. Watching the sweetest little dog in our family wilt was tough. She had to be put down.

 

I do not share my experiences to give power to the circumstances my family and I are enduring. I share this to show you that even in the midst of what has happened, there is a HIGHER Power who has kept me, who has given me indescribable peace, who has given me everything I needed to smile and continue to live the purpose He has for my life.

 

Whatever you’re dealing with, let me be your witness that GOD is BIGGER. He is everywhere. He is powerful. He is unshakable. He is rooted in truth. And that God lives in you. Yes, there are going to be periods of sadness. Allow them and continue to feed your soul with His love. 

Press On..

 

What the Day Brings 

  
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; (‭Proverbs‬ ‭3‬:‭5‬ NIV)
Every felt like giving up? Every felt like throwing in the towel? Anxious for what the next day may bring? Those feelings are a result of you trusting in your own might and not a higher power. 

Everyday may not meet your expectations, but you have to always find something to take from it. A rejoicing spirit in the midst of a cloudy day still brings sunshine. 

I’m learning to trust in God and if you knew like I did, you would too.