Ride the Wave

 

I keep hearing from the Lord, ride the wave.

I will be the first to admit I have struggled at home. Not my usual routine. Adjusting to new a lifestyle. Adjusting to all the news and emotions that come with it. Dealing with all new situations and sometimes not knowing how to process it all.

Why am I frustrated. I want to control something that I simply can’t. So there’s pressure and I am making myself frustrated for something that I can not change. For someone who likes routine and likes to plan, I find myself only planning for the next day.

As I was praying, I heard the Lord tell me to ride the wave.

I’m from Texas and when you go to the beach they tell you how to ride the riptide if you get caught in one. A rip tide is a strong current that usually pulls the swimmer or boater out from shore to the sea. It’s strong. When one gets caught in a riptide, their first instinct is to try to swim out. The swimmer gets exhausted swimming against the current, they drown from exhaustion. But experts tell us when we get caught in a rip tide to stay calm and ride it out until it ends. Yes, it’s carrying you out to sea, yes it’s scary to think not the unknown, but allowing the riptide to carry you not only saves your energy but your life. Then you can exit the riptide and swim back to shore.

I’ve been struggling to maintain all the daily routines, that I was swimming against the riptide. I need to just ride the wave. I have to remind myself, I’m safe a home. My family is safe, life will continue after all this is said and done. Not of us will leave this unaltered but many of us will leave changed.

I am not talking about riding the wave of fear. Or the fear of uncertainty. The opposite, ride the wave of trust in God.

Jeremiah 29:11 says, “for I know then plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans for a hope and a future.”

We can get so caught up trying to figure things out, we miss what God is doing in our lives. God is not keeping things from us, He is getting things to us.

Ride the Wave. His wave. His wave is love. His wave is peace. His wave is security that He will see us through.

Yet, in the grand scheme of it. It’s a small moment in time that may feel like eternity.

I’m no expert. But some of you need to hear it too.

Ride the wave.

Do what you can with what you have. Hope for tomorrow. And the next day. And the days and weeks after. Allow yourself to feel all the feels. Just remember it’s a short moment. Don’t lose your joy. Don’t lose your peace.

Ride the wave. We will get back to shore in no time. #cultivateyourlife #pause

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Surrendered

Fully Surrendered.

Each of us has been in pursuit of a dream. The bible says “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is the tree of life.” Proverbs 13:12

Our hearts can get heavy waiting. Waiting for the breakthrough, waiting for a glimpse of the dream, waiting for all of the pieces you are holding to come together and create the life you are going after. Continue reading

Expectant,Excited, Thankful 

This year comes to a close… I’m ready. I’m expectant on what is to come. I’m excited about the possibilities and maybe the impossible too! I’m thankful for all the good memories, moments, relationships, and successes. When I look back, I’m humbled. Let the past go and look ahead. Let resentments fade and love come in.Leave disappointment behind and allow joy to have full reign. 

Setting Yourself Up for an Amazing Year

So maybe 2016 was trying… Ok, to be honest, half way through the year, I was ready for it to be over.

So what can we take away from 2016? What can we say we learned? What did God reveal to you?

Perception is key to where you need to go. How do you see yourself? Are you ready to go? Can you make it to the next chapter? Yes, you can!

I love when the end of the year comes because it means clean slate and begin again.

It means that even though we suffered some losses, that your life’s errors are redeemable. His grace is sufficient. He will turn our mourning into dancing. He will take our sins that are red as scarlet and make them whiter than snow. He will be the advocate in our lives and make us victorious ones. He IS that good.

So starting a new year right begins with you. Dust yourself off. Exchange your garment of heaviness for praise. And begin again.

A while ago, I was given some easy steps to make a new year’s declaration in my life. 3 things that will help you to focus on growth and cultivate new mindsets in my life. These 3 topics will help your New Year be better than last year. Stop and focus on them. Write them down. Habakkuk 2:4 and began to implement them in your life.

  1. Pick a fruit of the Spirit. We all posses the fruit of the Spirit inside us. But there are always one we can focus on.

Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Gentleness, Kindness, Faith and Self-Control. Galatians 5:22

Pick one and find someone that does it well, and just watch how they live it out. Find a scripture with it in mind, and declare it over yourself. Finally, began to see yourself as you would act if you had this fruit displaying in your life with other people.

  1. Pick a word or a declaration that you would want to declare over your life in the next year. For instance, “This is the year that there will be nothing missing, nothing broken, I will attain great peace.” It can be several. I always do three; One for finances, one for relationships, and one for health. Write it down and place it somewhere you see everyday. Like a bathroom mirror or even your refrigerator.
  1. Get a dream list. Simply write dreams that seem to far out of reach to attain for you. Maybe its go to Greece, or get married. It may seem like it will be far off, but allow yourself to dream and dream big. My heart is that you would have 100 things written down, but if you can only think of 25 then do it. Again, place them somewhere you can see them. Get pictures if you need to. Dream stirs up hope that good is coming. It challenges your brain that even in hard times, you can see a future of good. Its so good to dream.

Then, when all is written and done. Look at them, say them repeatedly, and see them every day so that you are reminded of where you are going.

So when you are tempted to dwell on the year of what could have been… I encourage you, no implore you…begin again.

Don’t wait until the new year to start…. Do it now. Take 10 to 20 minutes and write down what is on your heart for the next year. Place them somewhere you can see and start a new beginning before the old year runs out.

Cultivate your life….

Planning on your Dreams

Almost every morning I wake up, I am thinking about the day. What needs to be done, calls that need to me made, or things that are weighing on my heart. And, depending on the way I slept (good or bad), how it will all get accomplished. Most mornings I am usually quiet. I love the sound of stillness as the husband and children have not awaken yet. I am always in reflection or mediation of my Father and just listening as He speaks to my heart. Continue reading