When You Know

Sometimes we get stuck waiting, wondering if that thing that we are called to do will ever come to pass. We fool ourselves into thinking that it must look and sound certain way. Our thoughts become surrounded around what we perceive it should be. So why then does it seem that the opportunity to reach that very part of our life that defines who we are seems so far in the distance. The life we thought we would like to live subsides like the moon slowing giving way to the emergence of the sun. We have heard the Word, embraced the thoughts, and accepted the challenge to move towards our destiny, but it seems that movement will never come. Until you realize….

Who you are and who you are meant to be are one in the same. There will not be a specific moment when the world stops and you shine like the stars against the dark sky. The environment around you may not be ideal and the circumstances that now define your life may be creating more stress than you can imagine. Your children may be out of control and your job may be requiring a greater amount of sacrifice that ever. A doctor’s appointment may have just yielded you helpless with devastating news and a marriage once on the mend may be promptly ending in divorce. Life as you know it may have dealt you a bad hand and the people around you seem convinced of their role to pick and prod at who you have become. So what is it that you already know?

The gifts that have been put deep down inside of you is universal. God puts you in places where you can use what you have been given. Your everyday life is a springboard for your gifts. Use them wisely and you will see your life differently. You will have more control over what bring you joy and how to remove yourself from overwhelming negativity. The Spirit of God in you prompts you to use what you know to influence and impact the world. So when you know what God has for you to do, Begin to use it in your everyday life and watch how your life will change drastically.

 

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Merry Go ‘Round

You thought it was over but the cycle continues. You thought your strength would be the force to keep you focused, grounded in the life you wanted ro live. You had hoped that the things you tried ; going back to school, reading all of those books, going to church more and the like would change your situation. And it did….for a while. But then, it happened again and you found yourself back on that same ride.

The events in your life that you thought you were beyond resurface. That bad relationship hunts you. You don’t have enough money to pay that bill. Your children are out of order. Your job is more demanding than you can handle. You can’t seem to get along with the important people in your life.

Up and down ’round and around, you find yourself under the spell of hurt. disappointment, frustration, and anger. So many emotions fighting each other to be on top. You get caught up. The way out seems narrow and out of your reach. What do you do?

Pray to your Father in Heaven for strength, wisdom, and the courage to make moves in the right direction..

Empower yourself and get back to the things you did to release yourself from the grasp of the enemy in times passed.

Release those people and things in your life from the power to control you.

Get back to doing you.If you have not yet figured out who that is, let that be your first order of business.

Fight like never before for the things you desire, the goals you set, and the life of your dreams

The merry go ’round of life does not end. There will always be struggles, pains, pressures, disappointments, and every other  negative force that you can name. Just remember. If you find yourself back on the  ride, regroup, refocus, and change the direction of your life. You only have one. Live it to the fullest with a representation of your highest self self in daily pursuit of excellence.

Capitalize on It!

As life takes us through many twists and turns, we find ourselves struggling to keep up. Sometimes it seems as if there are more bad days than good. On those bad days, we cannot even pinpoint the struggle, only that our spirits are low. On those days, the sun is shining, there are no heightened situations that need your immediate attention, and essentially, all is well.

But on those bad days, we begin to drift into self defeating thoughts about where we are in our lives and where we want to be. We think about mistakes we’ve made and whether  or not we are living out those consequences. We ponder about whether or not we will achieve the dreams that we have perceived to be ous. Our emotions are unsettled, our spirits hang low, and without warming, we subconsciously withdraw from our life’s work. Unfortunately, those days come far too many times leaving our goals and dreams on the backburner for as long as the mood lasts.

But then, out of nowhere, with no warning, and for no apparent reason, you just feel good. It can be a bright sunny day or impending thunder storms in the forecast. None of that matters, only that your day seems bright, you feel you can do anything, your spirits are high and your soul feels free. So what do you do on those days?

Capitalize on it! Pull out all the stops. Work your tail off. Pull all of those things off the back burner, prioritize your day and take advantage of the spirit in you that says go forth! On the days when you feel your best, be excellent and intentional in all that your do. Do not miss out on any opportunity that you have to  do your life’s work. Take advantage of the feel good day you are having. You don’t know how long it will last or when your next gloomy day will come. Commit your  energy to accomplishing your goals. Do not waste the best day of your life. Get something done in your favor!

I Got You

Out of the darkness you stepped up into the light of day. You had tried so hard to hide and for so long you lived behind your own shield of protection. The world, so cruel and so intentional, ceased to care about your thoughts or feelings. You were close to invisible but still present enough to be everyone’s doormat. The attention, at first was great. You had friends, acquaintances, and close relationships. You thought you were accepted, valued, even cherished up until, one after another, relationships ended and you were left with nothing but the feeling of loneliness.

So, behind the shield you remained, closed off, sealing your heart shut. How else could you prevent people from taking advantage of the beauty that is you? Subconsciously, you made a deal with yourself that you would never let your heart be vulnerable again. To your surprise, you had for the most part been successful. You managed to maintain relationships without feelings, portraying as if you were deeply connected, but knowing that your mind just would not allow your heart to fall.

So, that day took you by surprise and the tears began to fall. You had not been experiencing life to the fullest because your heart was closed. All this time, you thought it was them. You had not realized that you have to be open in order for God to send something or someone into your life or it just was not worth it.

So, you spent some time debating with God about why you were hiding behind that shield in the first place. The more you talked to God the more He spoke back. He told you that He has great things in store for you but you would never be able to experience them if you remained as you were. “But, I’m afraid,”you heard yourself speak silently as you prayed. In a quiet, still voice, God whispered back, “Do not worry, I got you.”

Step Up

Sometimes the most difficult thing to do is to let go of the one thing that takes a hold of your life and seduces you back into the cocoon of a false sense of protection and security; fear. Here you feel safe and untouchable by the critics, the naysayers, and the dream killers. You do not have to risk mistakes, being embarrassed, and falling short of your goals. Most importantly you will not have to experience failure. Fear has created a hidden place deep within that serves as your palace of contentment, without the worry of others who do not support the growth of this person that is you. Yes, that place of fear, with its arms tightly surrounding you, keeps your life balanced without the constant tipping of the scales. Not too far to the right nor to the left, but resting in the middle of meritocracy and average; a place that for so long, has been your home. In this place, your hopes, dreams, and your very goals are silenced.

Fear appears in force squeezing you tightly as you strain to listen to the quiet, still voice in your spirit that says you want to have more, to do more, to be more. With a power so strong, the loud and constant roar of fear crashes down on your spirit, forcing it to take a back seat. But you begin to betray fear, as you secretly return back to that place of hope. time and time again

So why have you called this place home for so long? Why not stretch yourself to believe in the impossible? Why do you continue to entertain the voice of fear when you cannot see past the next 24 hours in your life? How does fear get to control everything that you are and everything that you are to be? Break the cycle, do not allow fear to bind you and confine you to that small box that others have squeezed you into since your childhood. You no longer fit there and you must embrace all that God has for you to do. Break the cycle of fear in your life. Silence the words in your spirit that are the source of negativity. Call everything into existence that you have heard in your spirit.

Shut the door on failure, turn a blind eye to anxiousness and open your spirit to that which is YOU. Step up and step out into the world! Move forward with what you have been given. Use it to the best of your abilities. Be excellent in it for you have been chosen for a specific purpose, now step up and make your mark! Someone, somewhere is waiting on your gift to come forth.

© Kimberly Seymore                                                                                                                                         May, 2016

Anger

Anger destroys the very core of who you are. There is a Word that says you do not do what you want to do and you do what you do not want to do (Romans 7:15). Deep inside, you never had the desire to hurt anyone. But day after day, time after time, your emotions take control, leaving you……imprisoned by the very emotion that you tried to suppress.

You know your triggers and have spent a great amount of time trying to understand why your emotions fail you each time. You have developed a strategy that reminds you to breathe, count, and release. Nevertheless, the sparks begin to fly and the words come without warning causing those around you….pain in their hearts and broken spirits that may never be healed.

Your love is strong but your heart is heavy, consumed with your own past hurt and pain. Regardless of what blessings you now have, escaping such feelings has proven to be impossible. You see those around you as your enemy, fighting to keep you bound by your past. You fail to allow yourself to fully experience hope or love so instead you….. bury any thoughts of hope and replace them with something close to hate.

Such strong negative emotions cannot lift one person up in your life, including you. It is a matter of changing not only how you think but what you think. At some point, you must realize that the real presence of the enemy lies in how you choose to live and not the actions of those around you. Understand that you are responsible for your own happiness. Deep down within there must be healing from your own hurt and pain to keep from further damaging those you love and that love you.

Embracing the wonderful being that you are and understanding the purpose for your life will cause you to choose a different course. For neither you nor I were put here to harm anyone but instead to lift up those around us and harness the power of the greatness placed inside of us. Understanding that power and using it for the good will foster hope and inspire change in your life.

 

©Kimberly Seymore                                                                                                                               March 2016

Today, You Choose….

For today, do not allow anyone to take away your joy or destroy your peace. Instead, choose to be the ray of light in your own world and a glimmer of hope in that challenging circumstance.

For today, do not allow yourself to be discouraged. Instead, choose to take charge of that which you have been given. Use your talents and gifts to inspire and build up those around you.

For today, do not gossip about your displeasure and critique of others. Instead, choose to be a model of excellence, walking integrity and dignity in everything that you do.

For today, do not give up on your dreams. Instead, choose to march to your own beat and paint your own picture of what love. peace and joy look like in your own life.

For today, do not fear the unknown. Instead, believe and have faith that the perfect will for your life will be made known to you and that you will carry it out to the highest degree.

For today, do not continue in the same pattern of destruction that has defined your life. Instead, choose a new path with a new attitude and a new outlook on the promises of God that were made long ago.

For today, do not worry that you are not good enough, pretty enough, or talented enough. Instead, choose to exemplify the beauty that is you; inside and out.

For today, if you choose to be all that you were called to be. Tomorrow will take care of its self.

©Kimberly L. Seymore                                                                                                                                     March 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

When Dreams Come To Be

It has been your dream to explore the world to no ends without reservation or regret. But still you sit waiting for the right circumstances, the most optimum time to come.

You said you wanted to take a mission trip to be of service to mankind. But funds are low, bills are high and that dream you once had is gone. Now  a distant memory,  tucked away behind your reality.

You made an agreement with yourself to give to a cause. It has always been your passion to come to the aid others to give time, money, and resources to save a life from sorrow. But your time is rarely your own and you can barely manage much less take time out to support s cause.

Together you and your close friends agreed to hold each other accountable for using your gifts to impact the world around you. But you have allowed people and things to get in the way and you have forgotten about your dreams.

Today certainly is full of challenges and tomorrow  may very well never come. But what is in your heart has been placed there and in your spirit lies the strength and courage to not only live life but to move forward in the moments when dreams come to be.

 

 

What better way…

If you could go through it all without carrying the weight all on your shoulders, you would be a superhero of some sort. But as the hours pass and the days go by, it becomes apparent that your super powers may only function in the realm of what you orchestrate in your own life. If you are a hermit or live on your own deserted island, marching to the beat of your own drum, you may have just enough power to move freely about  your days.  But how many of us exist without people, things and circumstances that seek to consume who we are?

What I have found to be refreshing, free, and exhilarating  is to get away.

“Take a vacation. Go as many places as you can. You can always make more money. You can’t always make more memories.”  ~Unknown

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Free

You’ve spent most of your life trying to please others. You found out that you can’t please everybody.

You take into consideration the thoughts and feelings of others. You recognized that yours went unnoticed.

You give more than you take and sometimes it’s all you have. You witnessed how much others take from you and how little they give.

But…

What if you spent time following the path of peace and doing the things in life that bring you joy?

What about if you didn’t depend on others to bring you joy but, instead you nurtured your own spirit?

What if you make yourself a priority doing the things in life you love with all of your heart, mind and soul?

You would be free.