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Sometimes we need to break before we shine…..

It’s ok to be a glowstick. Sometimes we need to break before we shine.

So don’t be afraid to fall apart because its an opportunity to rebuild yourself the way you wish you had been all along. That way, you can kill the demon inside you without killing yourself.



Searching but not seeing, finding but not feeling….

I have been searching for a grain of sand along an endless beach, as He built me a castle that I just refused to see……

….so now as I continually explore that which is my true calling in life. I give thanks for the knowledge that allows me to nurture my heart’s desire with love, compassion and confidence.


Spring has passed. Summer has gone. Winter is here….

…and the song I meant to sing remains unsung. For I have spent my days stringing and unstringing my instrument.” Rabindranath Tagore

How we spend our days determines how we spend our lives. Make it count!

Love is the light and forward is the motion – BarbaraO

Sometimes I get sidetracked into thinking that I want the place at the table that someone else has. And even though I know that all good things come from the same source – one that never runs out – why then get caught up in comparison, competition and take overs? Yet He gives us all sufficiently in all things – an abundance for every good work…..

It is in the eagerness to know, the desire to control and the inability to surrender that creates fear – Acts of Faith


My willingness to grow is my demand for power

When we face our challenges with faith, prepared to learn, willing to make changes and if necessary, to let go, we are demanding our power be returned. – Acts of Faith

Recharge your batteries, plug into the Source and stop living in the grip of your own highly critical prejudices.




The Application of Compassion

Only when you have a healthy, honorable, affirming relationship with yourself can you have the same with others.  This relationship is the foundation of your ability to demonstrate and practice compassion. Only when you have truly mastered yourself and are able to strand in your sense of personal power can you be compassionate.

If this is not the truth of your being, your attempts to be compassionate will mean being too nice and you will become a doormat.  You will believe that you are being used.  You will feel put upon and eventually become resentful of all that you have done or are doing for others.

It is only from a sense of true and authentic personal power that you can give, support, share, and assist without feeling that you are losing anything.

When you are a powerful master of yourself you know that what you give is of the universal divine energy flowing through you.  It is not yours.  It belongs to life.

When a powerful person gives life, s/he knows they cannot be depleted.  Instead, they know they are being strengthened.

You must be strong in order to be compassionate.

A compassionate person:

  • understands what the other person is going through, rather than joining
    in with his/her suffering and fear
  • sees the lesson, the blessings and the victory at the end
  • stands strong with the other person
  • supports the other through the acceptance of the situation
  • knows with the other person, for the other, and when necessary in spite
    of the other, that all things work together for the good
  • holds the vision
Adapted from One Day My Soul Just Opened Up  

Iyanla Vanzant

It doesn’t have to glitter to be gold #ArthurAshe

They We always want and need stuff. They WE eat and sleep too much. They We talk too loud and walk too slow. They We give you your first grey hair. They We grow up and get better. But imagine how empty the world would be if we didn’t have our children parents to love us?

Many parents believe that if children are left to their own devices, they will destroy themselves. There’s a difference between discipline and thinking, disobedience and thinking, respect and thinking. Children are just people living through a smaller body. They must learn to express themselves, to understand who they are and grow from it. So, think wrongly if you please but in all cases think for yourself – Louisa May Alcott. But just because your children do not think as you do doesn’t mean they are wrong.

Wisdom from Iyanla Vanzant – Acts of Faith


Taking full responsibility for myself.

Pain tells you there is something wrong.And all dull aches eventually turn to a throbbing pain. Restlessness is pain, tension is pain, stress is pain. when we are in pain we must do something to make ourselves feel better. But if a remedy doesn’t work we MUST TRY SOMETHING NEW. Pray then, that you become so uncomfortable that you will do the very thing you fear.

You are growing and learning every moment of every day.Each experience enhances your capabilities by giving you something new to draw upon. Take a chance and step boldly into your greatness. It is not our responsibility to prove to people who we are; What you do is proof enough.

There are no guarantees in life but its a sure thing you will get back what you give. God asks only that you do the best you can, where you are, with what you have.

I stand for peace of mind, radiant health and viable use of God given talents. And as I continue to plant positive seeds in the fertile soil of my mind, if I don’t like where I find my bottom, all I do is change what’s going on at the top.

March lessons from Acts of Faith by Iyanla Vanzant

The Law of Harvest – You reap what you sow

ImageEven if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there – Will Rogers. You are your greatest hero. We must believe in who we are and what we do. We will ultimately express in form those thoughts, emotions and impulses we store in the subconscious of our minds. Only we can truly appreciate and celebrate our own success. Reap a good harvest from the soil of your mind. Turn anxiety to peace, anger into joy, tension into love, fear into faith, and guilt into trust.

Rather than limiting with your fear the coming forth of your desires or destroying with your blame the direction of your destiny; chose with your thoughts the shape and form of your life and create with your words the conditions you will face. Take a plunge within yourself to find the joy, strength, peace, freedom and love you may be seeking on the shores of life.

 It is our individual responsibility to set the standards for quality in our lives. Decide for yourself what you want while the sunshine of youth is still upon you. Respect your life enough to give yourself something worthwhile to do. You can learn something worthwhile from everyone in every situation.

February lessons from Acts of Faith by Iyanla Vanzant.

Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and to be that perfectly – St. Francis De Sales

You are fine just the way you are. Perfect in your imperfection! In the everyday quest to get through life, we sometimes forget that we really do have all we need. When we acknowledge our errors and face up to our shortcomings, no one else can use them against us.Take a day to heal from the lies you’ve told yourself and the ones that have been told to you – Maya Angelou. Most of us know exactly what it is that creates the pain, confusion and stagnation in our lives. Stop doing the things that create it!

Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and to be that perfectly – St Francis De Sales. If we truly realized how precious the gift of life is, we would not waste a moment trying to improve it. Its about taking what we have and doing as much as we can with it. Its about learning and growing. Know thy ideal and live for that; for every soul must give an account for its own self – Paramhansa Yogananda. Our bodies have been freed, now we must train our minds to believe it.

We have been taught to accept fear, lack, sorrow and restriction as part of everyday life. We are afraid to make demands on life because we believe we can’t have what we want. If only we could think like a child again, we would find the freedom we gave up to become adults.

Your chief adversary comes to teach you a lesson. Your most difficult challenge strengthens your survival skills. Your greatest fear deepens your faith. Your weakest ability beckons you to grow. Only you can determine how you will respond. It is our concern over what others say, do and think about us that imprisons our mind, body and spirit. We owe it to ourselves to choose a way and ask for it – and it shall be given to you – Mathew 7:7. It takes a deep commitment to change and an even deeper commitment to grow – Ralph Ellison. Since your mind will respond to what is said to you, speak to the conditions in your life. When they are wanted, give thanks. When they are unwanted, demand that they change. No one but you can ever be held accountable for what you do.

Its not your environment. Its not you history. Its not your education or ability. It is the quality of your mind that predicts your future.


January theme from my daily devotional – Acts of Faith by Iyanla Vanzant.

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