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“Cut out the NOISE!”

October 4, 2016
Written by, Judith Rapley


I just saw the movie ‘Race’. Without giving the whole movie away, spoiler alert for some of you, there was a powerful scene halfway through the movie when the runner, Jesse Owen, his coach and his track team are rudely being pushed out of the locker room by another one of the school’s teams and their verbally aggressive coach. That coach begins to yell and make a lot of noise which was quite overwhelming, intimidating, and distracting to Jesse.

His track coach continued to speak and instruct the team calmly and in a matter of fact way, directly and steadfastly drowns out that noise. All while the other coach continued to make a lot of noise over him, the track coach right through this continues to instruct his team. After a while, the noise dissipated. Once this noise ended, both teams got the point at which time the track team and their coach left.

Cut to another scene a few minutes later, where now Jesse and his team are in Berlin receiving an overwhelming amount of noise, as a crowd of on-lookers cheer for Jesse Owen and his team, even before they had won the medals they would by the end of the Olympic games. Different scene, different noise but noise nonetheless.

I invite you to consider a few things I took away from my reflections on these scenes:

1. There will always be noise.

2. Learn to ignore the noise.

3. People will make as much noise against you as they will for you. Neither their auditory noise against you or for you, or visually rewarding ones like their likes or comments on today’s social media platforms, make or define you.

4. Listen to your own voice. Learn to know and listen clearly for your own voice even in the middle of the noise.

5.  Make sure what God says about you makes the loudest noise. Drown other noises out by filling your mind, your heart, your soul, your life with Scripture, the truth and affirmations even if you don’t always feel that way or the rest of the world says differently.

Reflective assignment for you to consider:

1. Think, where is most of my noise coming from? My inner self, social media, family, old scripts and messages going on in my head, circumstances of life around me?

2. Which one do I most need to drown out or shut off? Once you identify it, shut it down! Cut out or silence that ‘stinking thinking’ whether coming from without or within.

3. In what area do I need to most affirm myself? What is good about me? Start listing your strengths! Keep that list to remind you in those noisier negative times.

4. Where can I immediately find new, uplifting, positive messages to drown out that negative noise? Scripture? Supportive friends? Past accomplishments? Go for it! Be intentional in matching that ‘other noise’.

You are not who people say you are- neither all that good or all that bad. You are who God says you are. Cut out the noise!

Let me know by commenting below or contacting me directly about what this change is like for you. If there is some way I can support you or interests that are important to you, please let me know. Sign up immediately here so that we can prepare satisfactorily for you.

All the best to you in Your Transformation for Life!

Be well,

Judith Rapley,  Life & Business Coach     www.judithrapley.com

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What To Do When You’re Bored With Your Faith

December 1, 2015

RELEVANT MAGAZINE shows us few ways to refresh our faith and exercise our spirituality while remaining engaged and of course, interested in exalting something much bigger than us. As the article notates, we are humans and occasionally will get bored and disengaged with routine and search for stimulation in the simplest or for some, extreme ways. No way is wrong, but we want to encourage steadiness and consistency. Hope you enjoy your read as we did! RELEVANT Magazine is one of our favorite spiritually led literature that speaks to all generations, and all walks of life.

Many Christians continue to read a Bible every day that does nothing to their heart. They pray, and their words mean nothing. Somehow, many Christians have come to believe continuing a lifeless spiritual discipline is more important than finding new ways to experience a life-giving God
Think about it: Do you feel guilty on those days when you don’t open the Bible? I often do.

http://www.relevantmagazine.com/god/practical-faith/what-do-when-youre-bored-your-faith

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Is your Treasure where your Heart is?

October 29, 2014
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To begin, let’s ponder on this bible verse: “ Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” Luke 12:34

This verse alone, whenever recited, leaves you in wonderment and with an apparent glaring blank stare. Physically and internally everything seems to just pause, stop in time, almost like a moment of silence. It creates an unannounced questionable examination of yourself to define what the desires of your heart are.

I’ve approached completion of the book entitled The Alchemist, in which coincidentally touches on this verse several times. Without revealing this phenomenal and magical story, no spoiler alerts here, this book takes you on a pilgrimage of a young boy in search of his treasure. The journey is filled with a whirlwind of events, however, because of the young boy’s burning desire that boiled within him in hopes of locating his treasure; his heart is never to be settled or to experience a sense of peace, until this search is satisfied.

I wonder how many of us at this time live with some sort of burning desire to please our heart in search of what we define to be your “treasure”.  Do we even know what gives us any inclination that we are in search of a treasure?  The treasure may not consist of material gain, but lean more towards a personal destiny/aspiration/dream, but it must connect to something the heart longs for deeply. The heart has its method of making noise, creating uneasiness of some kind that can be unsettling, if not answered. The heart longs for the desire to be fed.  It’s a spiritual connection the heart has with your purpose. The pursuit of your treasure manifests itself with knowing what you’re purposed to do/be.

I had a recent discussion with a woman 63 years of age. She attended one of our workshops and was afflicted with the question, “What else am I left to do?”  She also went on to state, “I’m old, my children have their kids, and now I have my grand-kids, but I’m left with what? I am annoyed when persons advise me to go dancing, find a hobby, or even play bingo, I know my last days are 10-15yrs around the corner.” She vented.  While listening to her concern, I noticed that not once did she mention or identified her purpose, a treasure, or what gives her a desire to continue living. She claimed that she isn’t depressed, just suffering from severe arthritis, but regardless she never spoke of purpose until the idea was presented to her. She was in a daze, wrote down notes, then stated, “I never thought about my purpose. I lived day to day cheating myself without listening to my heart and ignoring its desires.”

It’s not selfish or egotistical to pay attention to your heart. “When each day is the same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives every day the sun rises.”- The Alchemist.

And at some point you may feel misguided and confused about you inner desires for your life. Sometimes you will scale back on the pursuit because it has left you hurt and jaded—there’s no glamour in faith.

“My heart is a traitor, “the boy said to the alchemist, when they had paused to rest the horses. “It doesn’t want me to go on.”

The Alchemist answered, “That makes sense. Naturally its afraid of that, in pursuing your dream, you might lose everything you’ve won.”

“Well then why should I listen to my heart?” the boy asked.

“Because you will never again be able to keep it quiet. Even if you pretend not to have heard what it tells you , it will always be there inside of you, repeating to you what you’re thinking about life and about the world.” replied the Alchemist.  –The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho

Purposefully inspire yourself throughout your life journey towards your treasure. Most importantly feed your spirit… It’s the requirement of the heart.<< try to tattoo this statement in your mind. http___signatures.mylivesignature.com_54492_320_5C901DB21899B290D7B659227EE24F4F