You can spend your time worrying about a problem or

I wanted to answer the phone call. However, I was scanning groceries at the self checkout. Me: Do I answer, finish checking out, or multitask? 🤔

I decided to finish checking out, and then return the call. Turns out it was a very important call, and as much as I was grateful for it, I was also left in awe at the opportunity God had granted me. The call was about a job offer at my previous place of employment.

You see, I’d chosen to have faith that God would bring job opportunities my way. I’d never experienced this much faith before in regards to finding employment. As opposed to last year when I spent some time worrying about whether or not I’d find a job.

When I got the job offer, I thought about how growing in faith helps one trust in God’s plan and timing. I’ve been growing in faith the past year for multiple reasons. And as a result, I’ve been learning how to apply God’s word in my life.

To help me further understand how God wants me to put my faith into practice, I’ve been reading a book called The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. I learned that God uses one’s circumstances to transform one’s character and that I have power to choose my reactions to everything going on in my life.

For example, when I head into my impatient mode, I remind myself of the things I am grateful for, and I thank God for them in that present moment. I’m also reminded of how I can turn my self-centered attitude into a considerate one, such as by putting more interest on what’s most important to other people.

I’ve learned about the importance of meditating on God’s word. According to Rick, if one can spend their time worrying about a problem, one can learn to focus on God’s word throughout the day. The difference is what we choose to focus on. To put this into practice, I wrote down a bible verse that I wanted to meditate on. I reflected on that verse throughout the day for a week.

This practice isn’t perfect (to my dismay, I realized how easy it is for me to not follow through with God’s teaching…and do the entirely opposite). But it did challenge me to keep God’s word in mind throughout the day and to find ways to apply it. Challenging myself to bring my thoughts and focus back to God throughout the day is something that’s new to me.

With practice and dedication, I hope that it’ll help me continue choosing faith over worry. What has helped you the most in strengthening your faith? How has God used your circumstances to transform your character? How have you been practicing the word of God lately?

Nourish Your Inner Self

A while back I read the book in search of wisdom: A Monk, a Philosopher, and a Psychiatrist on What Matters Most by Matthieu Ricard, Christophe Andre, and Alexandre Jollien.

One of the things I love about the book is that it’s written in a conversational style versus an informational, as-a-matter-of-fact style.

The authors share their thoughts on life and cover topics such as inspiration and the ego. Reading their thoughts on life feels like chatting with friends. Each writer shares their perspective based on their life experiences.

How our personalities, experiences, and backgrounds shape us

My greatest take away is how our personalities and experiences shape ourselves and our lives. As you can tell from the title, each writer comes with a different background: one is a monk, the other is a philosopher, and the last is a psychiatrist.

Alexander, a philosopher, shares how his disability has affected him. For example, his disability led him to a passion for philosophy. When he lived in a special institution, it was normal to show his emotions with transparency, and after he left the institution, he learned to hide his emotions because that’s what most people did.

Christophe, a psychiatrist, shares how he tends to look at life through a negative lens. One of his daughters teaches him how to be “a master of joy…toward life”. She is always so happy no matter what she’s got going on in her life.

Matthieu, a monk, shares how the Dalai Lama was once asked why he thought a lot of people had come to listen to him. He responded with: “‘Maybe it’s because for sixty years I have been meditating on compassion every morning for four hours.”

This quote speaks volumes on what it means to have a clear life intention, dedication, and focus. The Dalai Lama has been so clear with his life intention of compassion that it has inspired people to look up to him because he leads by example.

The Ego

I’m currently on a section about the ego and how the ego gets in people’s way. It definitely gets in my way sometimes. The authors talk about the ego in a personal way that makes me relate to them. They give examples on how they have worked on not letting the ego affect their lives negatively.

“A healthy ego is a transparent ego, the ego of someone who has within himself a vast space of inner peace into which he can welcome others because he is not obsessed with his own situation. By making your ego less heavy and definite, you can spare yourself a lot of problems. You become less sensitive to criticism and praise. You tidy up your thought process…”

Matthieu Ricard from in search of wisdom

Nourishment for the Inner World

Overall, I like how this book is nourishing my soul and how a book can serve as nourishment for the inner world.

I know that no one is perfect, but it makes me feel good to work on the inner world and to find ways in which I’ve improved myself over time. For example, I’ve learned to show up even when things get rough, difficult, and out of my comfort zone.

I’ve always wondered why we are born into different situations–why some of us are born rich, why some of us have disabilities, why some of us seem to have the perfect families?

And in the end, I come to the conclusion that we all have available within us the same wealth of things: the capacity to love, to be happy, and to find peace within ourselves.

What has been nourishing your inner world lately?

The end of 2019. On my terms. 3rd edition.

Check out my blogging buddy Sam “Goldie” Kirk’s roundup of their 2019 posts! Wether you’re looking for creative writing, blogging tips, motivation, wisdom, or news related opinion pieces, Sam’s got something for you. Sam’s writing is interesting, suspenseful, funny, and perfect for your weekend read ☕📖☀️.

Sam’s short story “Reverberation” was recently published in Static Dreams: Volume 2 edited by Lara Caribou. Check out Sam’s post “Goldie is a Published Author!” & “Static Dreams vol. 2 available in paperback!” for more info.

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One day at a time...

First things first:

HAPPY NEW YEAR MY BLOGGING BUDDIES!

May 2020 be filled with

more joy than sorrow, 

more laughter than tears,

more accomplishments than failures.

May your writing flourish

and remain evergreen.

If you know me, you know that I like doing things differently. This is not going to be about how I envision blogging in 2020. It will not be a look back at my accomplishments in 2019, either.

My blogging journey began in 2017. After a few months, it was the end of the year, and everyone was summing up the year and coming up with resolutions for the upcoming year. Admittedly, back then, I did not feel like I had much to boast about, and I definitely had no idea what the new year would bring. What I thought would be cool was a list of all my posts to date. During five or so months…

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