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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.”

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

Death

Sometimes I wonder if it’s better than life

Not here to witness everyday let downs and despair

Death

You’ve taken my friend, my grandmother, and my paw paw and my uncle

Why do you come so soon

Why do you come in the midst of joy

Death

I’m sitting on my friend’s grave

Wondering if he can hear me

I’ve been gone too long

Putting him in the background as I tackle life

Now I’m back here questioning what I’d do wrong with life

Death

Could you let my friend come back for a few minutes? I need to talk to him and he ain’t here

Original poem by @britneylclark.

What the Sun Told Me about Sacrifice 

6 months ago, I walked away from my Corporate America job. Most would consider it a “good job”, because I had great benefits, paid time off, and my own spacious office.

Leading up to my departure, I struggled with working with no purpose, enthusiasm, or vision for the work I was doing. I was simply tackling tasks and putting out as many fires as I could each day.

Fast forward to the next day following my last day at work, I woke up FREE. With no anxiety of having to go to a place where I knew I couldn’t fully grow into God’s true purpose for my life.

It has been a beautiful journey in this short amount of time. I’ve explored cities at 2:00pm on a Tuesday afternoon. I’ve worked from Starbucks and in parks. I’ve spent hours in prayer and worship. I’ve worked with women to build a Centre for Women in Girls in Africa. I’ve traveled to Turkey, Africa and back to the states. I’ve met amazing people intentionally and in passing. 

I’ve also had my moments of loneliness, isolation, and frustration. Unlearning a mindset you’ve been trained since you are old enough to read is hard. Not having a set schedule given to you by someone else can increase your chances of being lazy for the day. 

Today I had the honor of babysitting my 3 year old niece. She was under the weather but still so full of energy. As I took her to a local city nearby, she fell asleep and eventually woke up. When she woke up, she started to cry and reached out to be held. I took her out the car seat and began to walk around with her as I consoled her.

When I looked up, the sun was shining right on us. I began to cry from a place of thankfulness. These moments would have been missed had I been in an office, scrambling to get things done that more than likely won’t matter in the next 5-10 years.

The sun reminded me that God’s plans are perfect. His purpose for my life is alive. This season of my life is preparing me for the next. The sun reminded me He has the power to heal, restore, and mend. 


With dry eyes and a heart for God, I’ll continue to press on. I pray you find the sun wherever you are and let it teach you. 

Your Labor is Not in Vain

Okay, so let’s face it. Not everyone likes their job or what it takes to get there. Most are up around 6:00am getting the kids ready, cooking breakfast, or preparing their minds spiritually for the day ahead.

Before you know it, it’s 9:00am and you have a slew of emails with deadlines, the coffee machine is broken, and you’ve encountered negativity before you’ve made it to your desk. You ask yourself and maybe even God “Why am I at this job?” and “What’s my purpose here?” He has given us a answer in Ephesians 6:7 – Do your work, and be happy to do it. Work as though it is the Lord you are serving, not just an earthly master.

Well, viola! There you have it. There is purpose in every situation, every job, and every circumstance God puts you in. It’s up to you to find that purpose and do it!