True freedom and hope.

​Today’s sermon truly touched my heart. Our plans are often rooted to glorify ourselves. Not submitting to God and his purpose for our lives.

True freedom and hope is submitting to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Many people seek to fill that emptiness with pleasure, luxury, money, power, success, anything but God, a division yet the emptiness remains.

Many times I think my agenda is the best for me and what I want for my life. I have been struggling to fit all that I want to do. Should I do this? Am I called to do that? Am I doing enough? My marriage, my finances, my business, what I want, and even who I am. 
I have been praying and asking that the Lord changes me heart and that I trust in him completely for what he wants for my life according to his purpose. I am asking that he teaches me how to live my life and root my hope in him. I’m praying that he helps me find comfort in devoting my time to prayer, resting in him, following his instruction, and praising him even when things don’t go my way. Rejoicing in the midst of suffering. I know God is doing things in the midst of our inconveniences and suffering. My story is for a reason and I will praise him all day long! Because my true hope and freedom is in him.

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Resourcefulness 

​We can have all the right tools and resources to succeed but it truly starts with you! 

Are you resourceful? What does that mean? 

It means in whatever circumstances or difficulties you may have you figure out a way to make it happen or turn into a positive.

Success can mean many things! It can mean providing food on the table for your family. It can be moving some where new. It can be changing your career. It can mean getting something done that you have been meaning to get done. It can mean so many things!!
It means not making any excuses and making a decision to succeed with whatever your goal is!

First you gotta believe you can and decide what you want. Then you figure out what tools and resources can help you. Who or what can uplift and empower you. What your priorities are and how you are going to use your time. 

I’m not going to say it’s easy. Sometimes you might cry! Sometimes you might scream!!!!!! Sometimes you may even not feel like doing something. 

But…. if you really want to make something happen and your ready to stop making excuses you will be amazed at what you can really do when you become resourceful! You will notice all the things you really need all start with YOU!

My husband and I wanted to follow our heart and move to Florida. We were 71/2 months pregnant when we moved. People thought we were crazy. We knew it would be hard and scary. We made the decision and did it!!! So glad we did. Its called resourcefulness!!!

I had my beautiful baby boy pretty much when we got to Florida. We knew no one. When he was first born I don’t even know how I did it. Living in a hotel for the first month, major sleep deprivation because my husband worked from 5 am to 7 almost every day but Sunday. I had to learn how to be a mommy and run 2 businesses and put together our new home.  This networking queen business savy woman had to figure out how to run her businesses truly from home and I have!!! Yeah because I kicked butt!!!!! 

I had some of the best months in my business since he was born. Now 7 months later I have overcome many obstacles, and have made it a non negotiable.  I know God is the major factor in all of this! 

An attitude of resourcefulness inspires out-of-the-box thinking, the generation of new ideas, and the ability to visualize all the possible ways to achieve what you desire.

 Resourcefulness means your POSITIVE, OPEN MINDED,  HOPEFUL, PROACTIVE, CONSISTENT,  SELF ASSURRED, and IMAGIANITIVE!!!

Stop being afraid or making excuses. If you really want to do something you will!!! Success comes in all shapes and sizes. No dream is too big or small. You truly will feel like your on top of the world.

Our Spotlight for March

Sherry Lewis with Whole Body Health 
 http://www.wholebodyhealth.fit/ Health

What makes you or your story unique?  I have lived it!  Been there, done that.  

Why do you do what you do?  I know what it feels like to be sick and have (or think ) I have no options.  I want people to know they have options.  I want people to know they can take back control of their health and that they have a choice. 

Who or what Inspired you?  My husband, he is always there for me and inspired me when I feel weak.  

My kids who always believe in me and support me in what I do.  But inspiration can also come from many places, this is why my favorite verse is Psalm 46:10, “Be still and listen…”  God gives us opportunities to learn everywhere we turn around.

What is one thing you struggle with?  Balancing everything.  I have a hard time once I start something switching gears.  A work in progress! 

What is one thing you are thankful for or celebrating?  All the hard times I have gone through because they have taught me the most and blessed me the most.
 What do you do for fun? Anything with my family.  

Do you have a secret passion or hobbie?  Anything that is crafty, paint old furniture, sew, make jewelry…

What was the ah ha moment to do what you do? My dog was sick and we had two choices, put him down or take him to see a vet who did something different.  I could not bear to lose my little guy.  Dr. Lame is only one of 8 vets in the country who do this and I happened to live five minutes form her.  After giving my little Wesley a second chance I found out that what she did could be done with people as well.  When she said this, I knew this was what I had to do.  Because my dog was sick, I found someone who was going to change both our lives.  

What is one thing you want to be remembered for?  Living my life to serve God through serving others.

How do you balance everything? (your relationship with Jesus, your family life, and your business)  Balance, this is something I must work very hard at.  My task master is a calendar to keep track of what I’m doing throughout the day. 

What does Faith mean to you?  Love, compassion to others, putting others first, unselfish, helping others, forgiveness and so much more that is followed by the great reward of an eternity of unimaginably glory with God.

When did you learn about God and how has he worked in your life?  When I was young my family went to church. As I got older and had my own bible, I would read it every night.  I know it was special and I wanted to understand it and how it applied to me.

Miracles?  Considering what the bible has to say, I think miracles are very different today than what we see in scripture.  In scripture we see only Jesus and the apostles preforming miracles, they are no longer with us yet amazing things still happen.  I believe God works though people and events which may seem like miracles but since neither Jesus or the apostles preformed them I consider them to be God’s beautiful handy work, just done differently them the miracles.

How do you make God apart of your life personally and professionally? (Personal Relationship with Jesus Christ) Spend time most every day studying the scriptures, reflecting how they apply to me, praying for not just Godly wisdom but also to see this His way.  It’s far too easy to put my own thought into something but in the end it’s His that counts.  

How do you serve other’s or bring value to the marketplace? For me, serving others is to give others a place to turn to too get help when they feel as I did, hopeless.  To do the best job I can in giving them that hope.  

What core values do you have? To live by God’s word the best I can. Many times I feel as though I fail miserable but I don’t give up trying.

What is one thing you have to do in your life that you haven’t had the opportunity to do? I would have said in the past to see different places.  So much in my life looks different after getting sick.  My new focus is simply to show people how they can take back control of their health.  

How can we best help you both personally and professionally? I’m never really sure how to answer this one other than pray for me that I am “being still and listening” so that His light may shine through me.  

Any resources you recommend? (books, advice, words of widsom, etc.)  There are a lot of good resources out there but I find myself coming back to my favorite verse, Psalms 46:10, Be still and listen…   If we are willing to put our own thoughts, beliefs aside, we will learn greater lessons from God then anything a man can write in a book. http://www.wholebodyhealth.fit/resources.html

Faith

Sometimes all you can do is have faith. Just trust that all things work out for those who are called according to his purpose. You can feel it in your heart and soul. You know there is some reason why you are going through what your going through. It’s a lesson and a blessing at the same time. Nothing is entirely in your hands. You may ask why. You may never know why. You just have to put your complete trust in something or someone you have never seen. You can have faith in people or things, but ultimately there is a faith in a higher power.

To me that someone or something is Jesus. I just know Jesus loves me and is there for me. That’s why I pray and give it to him. I may complain and don’t always focus on the positive. I bet that’s the lesson. He’s teaching me to be grateful, trust, and patience.

I told my mom since I was a little girl I knew Jesus loved me. I actually told her when I was about 3 that he would visit with me at bedtime. I would prance around the house and say things like “God sad people naughty” or ” Jesus is my friend.” I feel that way more than ever. I actually sit, relax, listen to calm classical music, pray, and rest in him. Especially when I’m stressed or overwhelmed . 

I love this explanation about faith from a children’s song . 

“Faith is knowing the sun will rise, lighting each new day.Faith is knowing the Lord will hear my prayers each time I pray.Faith is like a little seed:If planted it will grow.Faith is a swelling within my heart.When I do right, I know.

So you just gotta have Faith! 

My faith is in our Heavenly Father and His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ. Although we talk of having faith in people, in principles, or in things, real faith focuses on eternal life through knowing “the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom He has sent.  

To have faith in Jesus is to reject all other ways of salvation. We cannot trust in Jesus and anything else. We trust in Jesus alone. “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Salvation is exclusive. Jesus is the only way (John 14:6).


Are you ready to place your faith in Jesus? Do you trust Him to save you? There is no special prayer you must pray. However, you can respond right now with a prayer similar to this:


“Dear God, I realize I am a sinner and could never reach heaven by my own good deeds. Right now I place my faith in Jesus Christ as God’s Son who died and rose again to give me eternal life. I trust in Jesus alone. Please forgive me of my sins and help me to live for you. Thank you for accepting me and giving me eternal life.”

What is your purpose? 

We were all created for a reason. You were not made on mistake. sometimes it can seem like our lives are insignificant. Some days it can feel like whatever we do doesn’t seem to matter. You might even find your self feeling stuck, lost, and not enough. The enemy and the world do a great job feeding you lies that can lead you off your path and in to a state of mind or belief that you don’t matter. You then may find yourself worrying, complaining, or feeling worthless.  Those lies can lead you to a very dark path. A path God has not intended for you.

I’m here to tell those lies are from the devil. He doesn’t want you happy. He wants you to feel unimportant. Well guess what you do matter and it’s crap. Every single person matters and God has a purpose for your life in the grand scheme of things.  He wants you to believe in him and listen to what he has for your life. You just have to believe and trust him.  

All your unique gifts and talents are for a reason. You are a child of God. All of his creation was to glorify him. He will make your paths straight. 

A great way to find answers to what God has ordained for your life is to rest in him. Pray, meditate on his word, and talk to him. He truly loves you so much and he is with you in all that you do. So stop worrying, complaining, or feeling unimportant. Just listen to him and he will guide you.

I recommend looking at spiritualgifts.com and taking the test. 

Rest in him. Put on some quiet music and find a comfortable spot to relax and listen to what God has for you. You can ask him questions, talk to God, imagine sitting beside him. A great book I recommend to help you rest in him is Seeing is believing by Gregory A. Boyd 

Read the Bible and meditate on his word. The bible app is great and easy to use. I do recommend having a Bible so you can take notes. There is just something special about having your own personal bible.

Listen and read positive books, audios, and videos. Get rid of the negative stuff. 

Surround yourself by people who will inspire, uplift, and encourage you. Church is a great place to meet people who believe you matter. The friends you have matter. Get rid of the toxic people who don’t uplift or encourage you. Get a mentor or accountability partner to help you stay on track and pull you up when your feeling down.

You can also check out Inspired Networking as this is what the group is founded on. 


In conclusion: God created you!! You reading this was for a reason. You are significant! You are enough! You are amazing. If you want advice or help don’t hesitate to contact me. God bless.

Christina Littlejohn

“Empowering and Inspiring others to live a better quality of life with God as their foundation”

Youhavearight@outlook.com 

The Unique You

Daily Devotional from the bible app. I had to share because it’s amazing.


The essence of normal is the status quo, being just like everyone else—in how we look, what we wear, what we like, what we buy, what we watch, where we go on vacation, what we do for fun. Being normal is safe. And easy. It doesn’t require much work or effort or change on our part. But it always leads to mediocrity.

When we strive to be just like everyone else, we never have a chance to be special. When you start to embrace and even celebrate how special and different God made you, you can begin to do extraordinary things. You can begin to see yourself through His eyes. You can begin to live in the uniqueness with which you were created. You can be motivated and inspired to go against the grain.

What does that mean? When everyone around you is picking on someone, stand up for that person. When everyone around you is using foul language, say kind things. When you see injustice and everyone else turns a blind eye, try to make it right.

Going against the norm can also mean having a different outlook on life than others. When everyone around you is working eighty hours a week so they can one day retire and start enjoying life, you can do something different to start living well in the moment. And instead of keeping up with the Joneses, you can be grateful for what you have right now.

You matter too much to God to be just like everyone else.

It’s time to circle back to our identity in God. He created each of us in a unique way for a reason. We are each different in how we look, how we think, how we create, how we process information. We also have different life experiences, good or bad.

Never say, “God must have made a mistake with me” or “I wasn’t created the way I should have been.” God would disagree.

Whatever obstacles you are facing, whatever struggle you have with not fitting in, whether you feel you aren’t pretty enough, strong enough, big enough, fast enough, or smart enough, know that you are not an accident or a mistake. You are fearfully and wonderfully made.

What makes you different, special, unique?

How can you more fully live out the way that God made you?

 

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Let your light shine BRIGHT!

Not everyone will always like you or even know how to understand you. God created us all differently for a reason. Our past experiences and our why’s mold us into who we are. Have you ever been told your too much? How did it make you feel? I know I have a handful of times and I didn’t like it until I understood me. It took me some time to figure out how to love that statement.

 I love being passionate, dramatic, and confident. I love me. I use to think I needed to tone down so that others would feel comfortable but that’s crap. I was created the way I’m supposed to be. I’m going to let my light shine bright and do what I was supposed to do. My mission is to serve and bless others but with a BANG. 

When someone says your too much what they’re really saying is that they’re blaming you for the way their life feels when they’re around you, rather than taking ownership for it. There’s no real reason why another person can ever be “too much”, unless the person saying it somehow, somewhere doesn’t believe themselves to be enough. Instead of owning that and choosing radical honesty, you become the target. You’re far easier to blame.downloadfile

I’m passionately connected to all of life and I get excited about the little things; I’m eager to help and want to see really amazing things put into this world. I respect boundaries and expect that people will communicate theirs to me. I’m not the type of woman who finds small talk or small topics of discussion amusing. Give me universal truths, spiritual discussion and know that I will fight passionately for something that’s important to me. I swear.  I’m not afraid to ask people real questions and will always give people room to say no. Not everyone knows what to do with someone dedicated to living and probably find it annoying if they’ve given up on sipping life’s sweetness.

Expectations!!!

But what about me?
I mean I cook. I clean and do the laundry. I’m taking care of the babies every need. I even change almost every dang diaper. It’s hard to find time to take a shower when I’m taking care of a home and business. You mean to tell  me you didn’t do exactly what I wanted? I expected this…. and this…. and that…  bitch and complain. I’m now mad. Nope furious!!! Where did our love go? You don’t do this and you don’t do that. It’s a downhill spiral of resentment, anger, and pity. Which then turns into a broken relationship. What looks like a picture perfect relationship on FB or in public isn’t so in private. That’s not what I want to be or have in my marriage. This weekend was a start to a very nasty fight. Expectations we both have for eachother and wanting our needs fulfilled.

But what my husband and I did different is focus on what God would want for our marriage. It took a whole day to mend from the horrific argument. We know the enemy wants to tear us apart. We are determined to succeed and give it to God. I spend time in prayer most days or on the bible app. There are some great lesson plans filled with devotionals. I of course open up to one that talks about expectations you have for your spouse. That sure was God talking to me. I knew he wasn’t happy with how I treated my husband this weekend. This is what I learned:

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Expectations. We all have them. And because we have them, we all typically experience disappointment. Because what we expect doesn’t always line up with reality.

What has it been for you? Did you have lofty dreams of how your marriage would be? We fall into this expectation trap in our relationships all the time. We expect someone to do something for us at a specific time or in a specific setting. Sometimes we expect them to do it because they said they would. Other times we place expectations on them because they play a certain role in our lives and, well, they should just know. The problem is, we didn’t tell them

Let your spouse off the hook. You have placed expectations on your spouse that he or she will never be able to meet. You are expecting them to meet your every need and desire. This is completely unrealistic.

Surrender your expectations for your life, your marriage, your family and your future to God. We expect and desire good things in our lives. There is nothing wrong with that. But we hold on to those ideals, often with white knuckles, and we don’t want to let them go. Though all along, God is saying, “Trust me with your dreams. I have something so much better than what you are holding on to.” God has our best interests in mind. Doesn’t it make sense to turn over our dreams to him?

Become a student of your spouse. Study them. Get to know them better than you think you do. Learn how they think. And learn what their needs are and how they feel loved.

Expectations in and of themselves are not bad. But we do have to manage them, be realistic about them and surrender them to God.

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Food for thought: Think about a time recently when your spouse disappointed you. What happened? Was your expectation realistic?