Challenge vs Opportunity

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This is a time in my life when I'm realizing what's important to me.

Love, family, truth, joy!  Laughter, balance, feeling good and serving others. Accepting myself as I am - my natural kinky curly hair, my imperfect, makeup free face, my "big boned" vertically challenged body, & every choice I've made in the past with the understanding that every day I get to choose. 

This is a time in my life that I am ready to take responsibility for my purpose.


There are both challenges and opportunities present, but the key is having the wisdom to take the resources that I have in this moment - gifts and talents, an able body and a willing heart  – and use them to benefit others.

 

I see the greatest opportunity as reconciliation; The union of God with his children & all of us coming together as a family. I see an opportunity to live a blessed life here on Earth, and a hopeful future for us to understand how deep and how wide is the love of God. 

 

To experience the overwhelming, never ending, glorious Love of God. 

 

Now the challenge is getting myself out of the way!!! Getting over myself. Letting go of fear, anxiety, insecurities and shame ... UGH!!! I hate those negative thoughts that turn into feelings that lead you to believe the worst lie about yourself... You know what I'm talking about? 

Those negative thoughts that begin as one, and quickly turn into a swarming pool of locusts that devour your truth in exchange for deceitful ideas...

You don't even know who you are...you have no purpose here...whats the point of living?

You're not good enough. 

You're irresponsible. 

You don't have the right… 

You don't even believe in yourself - how do you expect others to believe?

 When have you ever accomplished your dreams? You're all talk and no action.

Time management? Personal health! More like lack of discipline and self-control. 

You have nothing to offer... and even if you did nobody would want what you're offering.

You have no purpose here. Whats the point? 

-  The challenger aka El Diablo. 

 

The battle is real for all of us, no matter how put together we look. If the enemy attacks and we're unprepared then we believe the lies. I know because I've been there, and it was in that place I learned how to fight, and to overcome.

I am strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. I understand that the biggest war is not against people, but it's against negative thoughts, fear-based feelings, and spiritual forces of evil. I know that I'm up against so much more than I could ever handle on my own and I'll take all the help I can get! I'll take every prayer, every word of encouragement and every weapon that God has issued and put it to good use so that when it's all over - I can stand my ground. Stand firm with truth, righteousness, peace and salvation intertwined into my very being. 

 

The opportunity is to bring life where there is death, bring hope where there is depression, bring joy where there's sorrow, bring nourishment where there's poverty and identity to the fatherless, the widows and the broken.  

 

There are women in my church in my neighborhood, in my gym, in the grocery stores,  in shopping malls all over Pearland, Houston, Texas, The United States of America, across the world and to the ends of the earth that will benefit from knowing God, the gospel of Christ, and the lifestyle that we call LÔA. 

 

The opportunities are endless when you choose to let go of yourself, and grab hold of Christ.  

LOA Body & Spirit