Life on my own Terms

images (6).jpgI’ve heard it said many times, “I’m going to live life on my own terms.” Well, I do not wish to live life on my terms but on God’s terms. Even when we think we know what is best for us, many times we do not. I want to be where God wants me to be and when He wants me there.

I do not wish to arrive too early or too late. My timing often is off, but His timing is always perfect. When we try to do things on our own, we struggle for years trying to accomplish what could have been done in one day. Have you ever experienced something just open up to you? Something that you have been trying to work out on your own and it suddenly works. Timing has everything to do with us accomplishing our dreams in life.

Isaiah 40:31“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” God will renew the strength of those who wait for His perfect timing. Stop worrying so much is easy to say but not always easy to carry out.  Many times when people say “I’m not going to worry about it,” what they really mean is I’m not going to talk about it. I can tell you from experience, not talking about an issue does not mean you are not worrying about it.

We all can agree that worrying does not change anything. I recommend that you go to bed, get a good night sleep and allow God to work things out in His time. Many times while we are resting, He is working. Things tend to look better in the morning. His timing is not our timing but His timing is best. Make a decision today to stop living life on your own terms and live them according to the plans that God has laid out for your life.

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See Me Hear Me Know Me

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……Over the years, I have been accused of being in denial regarding his condition. I have never been in denial; I simply do not want my faith to waver. To keep my faith strong, I have had to be careful who and what I allowed in my ear.

My advice to caregivers is when your faith seems to waver, reaffirm what you know to be true about God. Read the Word to see what the Scripture teaches us about who He is. The Word of God teaches that He is a healer of all manner of diseases. Tuberculosis was not too hard for God.

When we do not see the manifestation of the promises in our own lives, it doesn’t mean that God is not able. I made the decision to believe the Word knowing that God knew the situation we were in. I had to believe He was able to bring us out and that He would provide whatever we needed during this time. Trying to process it all in my mind overwhelmed me. I had to trust God and stand firm on my faith in Him knowing that He was able……………………….

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See Me Hear Me Know Me

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From the heart of a caregiver:

 

“Caring for a loved one is most likely one of the greatest challenges a person will face in life. Many have walked this road before me and offered insight, and for that I am grateful. Each person’s journey is unique, but the mission remains the same. How do you care for a loved one in a way that adds value to their life while not diminishing the value of your own life?”

 

That is a question that I ask myself. When a person is in great pain, it is hard for them to focus outside of their own experience. While showing compassion for another do not forget to show yourself the same compassion. It is vital that the caregiver be in good health emotionally and physically to be effective as a caregiver.

 

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See Me Hear Me Know Me

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Over the next few blogs I will be sharing excerpts from my new book See Me Hear Me Know Me from The Heart of the Caregiver. This book was written to give a voice to caregivers who are often known as the invisible victims. In this book I admonish the reader to not just see the functions of the caregiver but to see the heart with which they performs their daily tasks.

The excerpt below deals with when my husband was preparing for his stem cell transplant:

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The patient and the caregiver are required to meet with the transplant nurse and transplant physician, who discusses the results of the vital organ testing and explains the details of the transplant. At this appointment, we received the report that his heart, lungs, and kidneys were all in excellent condition and the latest bone marrow biopsy was clean. Scott was an outstanding candidate for the stem cell transplant. All parties appeared to be ready and the bone marrow transplant was scheduled. We had come so far and were feeling hopeful that this would soon be in our distant memory. But we encountered one unexpected challenge. A challenge we never thought about; we did not see this one coming. 

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Keep It

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Stop! I don’t want it back, you can keep it. Frequently I hear believers proclaim, “I’m going to get my stuff.” While I understand the thought behind the proclamation, may I say “there are somethings that I do not want back.” If the anguish of this life caused you to lose your joy, peace, or something of value then yes you need to get it back. But if something has gone from my life that has caused me to trust God more then I don’t want it back in my life. Many times we try to hold on to things that God wants us to release. There are some people we need to disconnect from. I’m not talking about your spouse or children but I am referring to those relationships that bring you heartache and bring God no glory.

 

I vowed this year to be more intentional about how I pray and how I live. Everything for me has to be connected to my purpose. I’m tired of the days of just doing things so that I can say, “I did it.” If it’s not connected to the plan that God has for my life then I’m letting it go and I say bye-bye.  The important thing to remember is that once you say bye-bye, don’t go back and get it.

 

Our cry to the Lord should be “God I want to know your heart.” “If we are truly going to make an impact in the Kingdom we have to let something go and not try to get them back. Learn to spend more time in the presence of God. Worshipping, praying, studying and reading His Word. To be mighty in the Kingdom we need our artillery ready and we must know how to use it. The weapons will do us no good if we don’t have the proper training. Our time in prayer and study of God’s Word provides us with the necessary training.

 

Instead of worrying about what you need to get back, focus on what you need to do to preserve the assignment God has given you. Learn to pray over and for your family. Pray for will for their lives, He has a better plan then we could ever imagine.  For many of us the things we proclaim the enemy stole were never ours to begin with. When you lose a car, or a home it’s not always the devil attacking your finances. It could be as simple as overspending and poor planning. It could also be related to your disobedience in giving.  If you are unwilling to sow into the Kingdom of God, you cannot expect God to bless your finances. We give the devil too much credit, let him have the junk he took and allow God to mold you into what He has called you to be.

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Juggling

 

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Do you ever feel like you have too many balls in the air? Well that’s how I feel today, so many things going on but not really accomplishing anything. My advice to you and to myself is to just breathe and take a moment to focus. What is it that you really believe God is calling you to do? And how can you best accomplish that goal?

Below are 5 steps to help you refocus and gain some perceptive on what your divine assignment might be.

  1. Pray and seek the heart of God
  2. Have a conversation with your spiritual leader or mentor
  3. Make a list of all that you are trying to accomplish
  4. Begin to ponder what avenues might be available to assist you in accomplishing your goals
  5. Rest in God knowing that He knows the plans He has for you

Okay! That sounds easy right? Well, I will be the first to admit that it is not as easy as it sounds. There are so many things yearning for our attention and they all seem equally as important. A wise friend shared some worthy instructions with me that I will share with you. She told me, ” No matter how important it may seem if it is not what God has called you to do release it.” In fulfilling your purpose you may have to walk away from good opportunities, and even from some prosperous ministry assignments.  Remember, every assignment is not for you and while you are utilizing your valuable time on something that is not for you, God’s plans for your life remains unfulfilled.

Let’s be intentional about seeking God for His direction for every area of our lives.

Stop juggling and start producing!

Evelyn Johnson-Taylor Ph.D.

 

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images.jpg“If anyone among you seems to be religious and does not bridle his tongue, but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is vain” (James 1:26)

Have you ever said something and wish you could take it back?  I know I have many times.  Most of us do not realize the power of our words.  The Word of God is very clear on matters of the tongue.  Improper use of the tongue can be very damaging.  The not bridling of the tongue and being ready to speak of the faults of others is a sign of a vain religion. If one claims to be a Christian and does not know how to exercise control when it comes to the matter of speaking this person is delusional.  In other words you are fooling yourself in regards to your walk with God.

James writes that the tongue is a small member but boast great things. “The tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.” (James 3:5).  The word boast speaks of being prideful in the way we talk.  Bragging about what we possess and who we think you are.

It is vital that we who profess the name of Jesus strive to practice self-control regarding our tongue. I like many others have been guilty of speaking out about those things that do not involve me.  Let’s make a declaration this year to pray more and talk less.  After all it is prayer that changes things and not our loose tongues.

The tongue can hurt or it can heal. It can bless or curse. It can speak life or it can speak death. Many underestimate the power of this small member of the body.  “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”(Proverbs 18:21)

James 3:8 “But no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.” While the apostle does say no man can tame the tongue he is not suggesting it is impossible, but it is extremely difficult. In fact I would say without the grace of God we are embarking upon an impossible task. But with the grace of God all things are possible and we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.(Philippians 4:13)  (Matthew 19:26) Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Don’t let the enemy trick you into speaking when the Holy Spirit is whispering “be quiet.”

 

Dr. Evelyn Johnson-Taylor

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Scripture taken from NIV