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Is your Treasure where your Heart is?

October 29, 2014

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

Exist Spiritually

Feed Your Faith, & Enjoy It!

October 14, 2014

Fun is absolute!…along with faith, love, and security. My father would say, “Sarah, the spiritual walk is a difficult one, but the walk without God is an even harder one.”  You would think the devil alone has the mass forces to distort your idealization of your faith, but sadly enough Christians, yes Christians as we well know, add their steam in making the process less enjoyable and productive. I make a point not to become a “spiritual lame or surrounded by the “spirit of lame.”  These persons are described as wanna-be holy characters who completely feel obligated to police others when they aren’t operating as a “Christ-like” Christian and occasionally the first to nod their heads in disgust, and wave that stiff index finger fervently back & forth the moment you “slip-up.”  This produces missed opportunity to communicate truth to one another–then the lack of any desire for spiritual affiliation continues. Way to go, *slow-claps.* Respectfully, don’t allow these holy-roller falsies turn you off from enjoying and celebrating a better you. Create an echoed thought to yourself stating, “I see myself as God sees me, only how God sees me.”

Being truthful to your person is key for spiritual-centeredness. Living in truth doesn’t mean boredom. Truth is about being free and completely accepting yourself, ALL of you.  You’re not guaranteed a closer seat to God by portraying this holy, clean perfect vessel for all man-kind –just stop it already.

Here are few suggestive pointers…

1. Surround yourself with youthful non-judgmental people. Duh, the obvious. They understand spiritual warfare, and won’t nail you to the cross when they hear you strategically lace cuss-words in speech at somebody (cuss somebody out!),  miss a spiritual/church gathering, or see you mesmerized in dance to the most ignorant, ratchet song; Gucci! Music is healthy, music does not always mean to intoxicate yourself with the message, but sometimes its just the beat, soundtrack, or how it makes you move your body. It’s about maturity; listen to the song, but don’t live through the negative message.

2. Believe in FUN, and believe you’re entitled to it. When you’re not having fun at anything, sadness will linger, you’ll isolate yourself, and then consider the whole mission of living spiritually an obligatory ticket into heaven. God wants us to be cheerful believers, and an attraction into the spiritual walk.

3. Become an expertise with a certain ministry, either its youth-group, women’s-group, men’s-group, or even studying different books in the bible. Studies have proven that a person’s self confidence boosts tremendously when they have perfected an area of study/profession. This creates passion, which then gives you a sense of meaning and pleasure at what you’re doing.  Being insecure about your belief increases hostility, which ruins the reputation of a Christian.  “There’s nothing so annoying as arguing with someone who knows what he’s talking about.”-Anonymous

4. RELAX, MAINTAIN. We will have to the read the Bible 50 times before we can fully comprehend the message. If you’re the type of person who wants to learn and know everything instantaneously, you’re in for quick disappointment. The Bible itself is a history matter, theology matter, language matter, and even controversial matter. These areas take years for full understanding and application. Also, there isn’t a specific allotted time that suggests you’ve reach the spiritual ladder, and recognize your purpose in the walk. Its an internal awareness that you will feel, and later your loved ones and friends will notice, but remember its all about YOU.

5. Get creative. We all have an innate gift, some are still trying to surface that gift…keep trying, its there. Talk it over with friends that notice your hidden talents. Once discovered, pray about how God can use you and talent for his kingdom. There are so many modern day churches that are doing the coolest things to keep their youth congregation engaged. Its all about figuring out the best way that works for YOU to stay connected. “Create Creativity.” http___signatures.mylivesignature.com_54492_320_5C901DB21899B290D7B659227EE24F4F

Change, Transformation, Awareness

Value yourself responsibly-Your child is watching

October 13, 2014

Everytime I see this commercial I get tearful and filled with guilt. As mothers we fail to become aware with how we’re infecting our little ones with our self-destructive behavior of hating our image around our children. Our silent whispers, of how our face and hair looks -they hear it. When we’re casually talking to our spouse and friends about the areas we lack in -they hear it. When we’re self conscious and over protective of our children -they see, feel and hear that too. Lets create an imaginary trash and start depositing our violent negative thoughts there. Don’t allow this for yourself, your home, and most importantly your little angels. They are your reflection.