The Plover and the Crocodile

The Egyptian plover bird and the native crocodile have an symbiotic relationship.  The crocodile allows the plover access to its body because the bird preys on parasites that are harmful to the crocodile.  In return, the crocodile provides safety for the plover since a predator would dare to attack the bird, and risk being attacked by the crocodile.

Apart from one another, the plover and the crocodile may die due to the lack of protection that they provide to one another.  But, together they help each other stay alive and thrive. The same can be true for us, if we give, work, pray, and worship together, we can accomplish more than each of us giving, working, praying, and worshiping alone.

Think about it.

10 Healthy Habits Tips to Fight Stress

Hands down we are all so busy today with work, family, as well as other responsibilities. Here are some tips that I read from an article of the American Heart Association that will hopefully help to reduce stress in your life.

  1. Slow down – Plan ahead and allow enough time to get the most important things done without having to rush.
  2. Snooze more -Try to get six to eight hours of sleep each night. To fight insomnia, add mindfulness and activity.
  3. Let worry go -The world won’t end if a few things fall off of your plate.  Give yourself a break and just breathe.
  4. Laugh it up – Laughter makes us feel good.  Don’t be afraid to laugh out loud, even when you’re alone.
  5. Get connected-A daily dose of friendship in great medicine.  Make time to call friends and family so you can catch up.
  6. Get organized– Use “to do” lists to help you focus on your most important tasks, and take big projects one step at a time.
  7. Practice giving back-Volunteer your time or spend time helping out a friend.  Helping others helps you.
  8. Be active every day-Exercise can relieve mental and physical tension.  Find something you think is fun and stick with it.
  9. Give up bad habits-Too much alcohol, tobacco, or caffeine can increase blood pressure.  Cut back or quit to decrease anxiety.
  10. Lean into things you can change-Make time to learn a new skill, work towards a goal, or to love and help others.

My goal is to focus on tips 8 and 9, I am committed to being more active daily and to reduce my sugar intake aka candy and sweets.  What tips can you commit to–to be well?

Remember to take care of you! Mind, Body and Spirit.

 

Regret

The primary thief of joy and peace is regret. Whether it is something that you did today or yesterday, or many years ago, there is nothing that you can do about what has already been done– except repent, receive forgiveness, forget the past (at least don’t be control by it) and move on.  Now by all means, if it is something that you can do about it, then do it!  But the bottom line is to let go of the past and focus on the present.  Make a decision today to no longer live a life of regret (Philippians 3:13).

Forgiveness is For You

The bible tells us to forgive one another. One of the reasons why we are told to forgive is because it benefits you! You see forgiveness not only release the bitterness that we have against someone who has hurt us, but it frees us from the hurt at the very same time!  You may say that you don’t feel like it or that the person doesn’t deserve it. But don’t rely on your feelings to make the decision to forgive–forgive because you have been forgiven.

When a man’s ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. (Proverbs 16:17).

Be Determined To Love

We must be determined to love others and we must be intentional when it comes to getting along with others .  It doesn’t matter how different our personalities or situations may be.  Here is the reason why–when we love the difficult people around us–we are receptive to be in tuned with how God may be using the person or situation to teach us and to help us grow in grace.

Choose to walk in the love and let God shape you through people that He brings into your life.

Have an Attitude of Gratitude

Gratitude is the feeling of being thankful; it is having the readiness to show appreciation. If we live with an attitude of gratitude, we will come from a place of abundance, and you will come to realize that we have so much to be thankful for.

Today, I heard in our worship service that if you want to know how many times God blessed you today, then count the number of times that your eyes have blinked. In other words blessed beyond measure.

So, I ask you what are you grateful for today?

“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed.  Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude”. – Dennis Waitley

How to Get Unstuck From a Rut

Recently, I had come to the realization that I had been in a rut.  I hadn’t been in a mood to blog these last few months, and basically l had been living life on autopilot, with the exception of my live event that I hosted last month, which was amazing by the way! But, I have a question for you,  have you ever been in a rut before or are you currently in a rut?

What I have noticed is that I have gotten in a rut from time to time in my life and often wondered why? Well, I have finally discovered the answer!  At least for me. You see when I get into an rut it has been usually because I had lost sight of my goals or my purpose.  I had disconnected from the power of clarity and being in that space required me to reflect on my decision making to be sure that they are in alignment with my core values, goals and dreams. Then I click the reset button and begin again.

So, if you are in a rut, here are some suggestions for you. First, take time to be still and write, what it is that you really want. You can begin by writing, “I really want ……. and fill in the blank. Then write , “I really, really, really want…. and fill in the blank.”  Whatever you write is between you and God.  Next, ask yourself what is the next best step that you can take to move you in direction of your goals and your dreams. and do it!  The action may be big or small.  I will use myself as an example.  You see, one of my goals is to own a new home and my next best step is to de-clutter my current home, which I am in the process of doing.  It is just that simple.

When you journal it allows you to transfer thoughts in your head, to your heart, through your fingers unto paper.  This process allows you to visualize your heart’s desire.  Oh, one more thing, make it a non-judgement zone and remember to dream big!

Cheers to the best version of you!