Life Lessons: *27*

In honor of my 27th Birthday I wanted to share some valuable life lessons that I have learned. While twenty seven years may not seem like much to you, I feel that in every stage and area of life there are lessons that we must learn.
1.You will make it! It’s just a season and no matter what it looks like there will be a brighter day
2.Relationships change and friendships will end
3.Remember to cherish the people in your life regardless of what season you are in, good or bad they are there to teach you, push you and challenge you
4.Embrace every struggle, fear and insecurity and knock it out!
5.Pray when you feel weak, strong, hopeless, lost, confused, and unloved. (PRAY MORE)
6.Take the leap!
7.Try new foods (Unless it makes your acid reflux flare up! Haha)
8.There will be people who don’t support you, just keep it moving
9.Make fewer announcements and more moves!
10. Family will forever and always be your backbone
11. Never just go with the flow, especially if you feel uncomfortable and called to another season in your life
12. God will never take you to a place that he hasn’t prepared you for
13. If you are in a season where you are uncomfortable and unsettled TRUST that God has a plan
14. Use your spare time wisely
15. Never be afraid to walk away from anything that God didn’t call you into (Yes! Oftentimes we place ourselves in situations and in relationships that weren’t ordained by God)
16. Be mindful of the company you keep
17. You are the only one who is responsible for your actions (NO EXCUSES)
18. You have something inside of you and it’s up to YOU to figure it out (Seek God)
19. Be honest and confront it (issues, situations, disappointments, failures) upfront
20. Walk away if needed!
21.Somethings just don’t need to be explained
22.Hurt people do hurt other people, just make sure you aren’t the one hurting other people
23.Don’t make excuses for your dysfunction or unwillingness to grow
24.You have to speak positive affirmations over yourself
25.God is your supply, your job is your resource
26.You are here for a reason
27.Every day may not be your BEST day, but even on your best day you still need God!

The Perfect Reminder (Affirmations & Scriptures)

Below are some affirmations and reminders to help you get through this week! ENJOY!!

You are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14)
God hears every prayer  (Psalm 34:17, 1 John 5:15)
You are strong (Philippians 4:13)
He has a plan (Proverbs 16:9)
You have no reason to fear (2 Timothy 1:7)
You are loved (Romans 5:8, 1 John 4:19)
Continue to seek Christ (Psalm 119:2)
You are forgiven (Psalm 85:2)
You are a new creature (Ezekiel 36:26)
You are chosen (Colossians 3:12)
Put your ALL in everything you do (Colossians 3:23)
You have an inheritance (Colossians 3:24)
Be strong  (Joshua 1:9)
God is right there with you (Psalm 46:5)
When you are weak, he will be your strength (Psalm 46:1-3, Psalm 89:12)
Be confident when you approach Christ (1 John 5:14)
Cast your anxiety on him (1 Peter 5:7)
He has a plan (Jeremiah 29:11)
It’s okay (2 Corinthians 2:10)
There is a time for everything! Remain focused (Ecclesiastes 3:1-9)
•He hears your prayer  (Psalm 145:19, Proverbs 15:29)
•Your seed (dream, vision or goal) is planted and will spring forth (Matthew 13:8-9)
•Keep going! (Philippians 3:12)
•Meditate on his word (Joshua 1:8)
•It’s YOURS, GO GET IT!! (Joshua 1:3)

Stop. Pause.Eject (Stop Remembering What God Has Forgotten!)

“As far as the east is from the west, So far hath he removed our transgressions from us.” –Psalms 103:12 (asv)

Fast  Forward. Play. Rewind. Play. Slow Motion. Pause. Stop. Eject.

This is the cycle we go through when we replay some of the questionable situations we put ourselves into and decisions we have made. Regardless of the outcome oftentimes we become so focused and transfixed on that mistake, failure or decision. Personally, I struggle with making big life decisions especially when it has the potential to affect others around me. It doesn’t matter if it’s something I prayed for or if it’s an opportunity that just fell in my lap, I struggle. I begin to question every little thing, am I good enough? Will this affect my family? Will I be able to survive alone? Can I truly start over? Will saying “no” haunt me for the rest of my life? Will I regret this?
I never stop and ask God, “What do you want me to do?” Naturally I begin to worry and question every little detail. I begin to obsess and figure out everything before I even make the final decision. Nine times out of ten, my flesh causes fear to set in and I make a choice out of loneliness and insecurity. In the end I begin to beat myself up over the decision, especially if I failed to wait on God. So the cycle begins not only does the feeling of failure set in but the weight of being disobedient hits me like a ton of bricks.  I begin to rewind the tape, I relive the moment I strayed from God’s plan. I play the tape of regret and eventually it becomes engraved in my memory. I choose to forget the grace that God had bestowed upon me and the loved he showed me. I focus on the negative and fail to remember that even in my dysfunction he was and still is God.
God is so gracious and willing to forgive us, we just have to make the decision to eject the tape and walk in the power Christ has given us. So how do you become unstuck? How do you stop rehearsing the moment things went wrong?
Step One: Remember that God is love and there's nothing we could do that would take away his love
*Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Step Two: Forgive yourself!
*Isaiah 43:18-19 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”
Step Three: He is the God of second chances!
*He will continue to sustain you and he is always with you. Even when we fall he is right there picking us up!

Eject the tape and move on! God has already forgiven you and he still loves you. Never doubt your existence here on earth. There is something placed inside of you, seek him and there you will find your purpose!
I believe in you!