Self Care, Are you Doing Enough For YOU!

 

    By Ebony IG: @ebunnie24
    Hey Y’all! Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving, the break was much-needed from work or school. One down and one more to go for this year. Can you believe it we are already at the end 2018? And heading into a new year, if this is not true for you, I can only speak for myself it is happening fast. Right now We are in that position of being between two holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas the season of giving. If it’s through affirmations, gifts or acts of service. At this point everyone should already be in a habit of giving.  And finding it rewarding. Though giving is a good thing and we could take the time out to focus on that I would like to remind you Do Not Forget About Yourself! I understand we as  people tend to fall victum to giving yourself whole heartedly without returns, and also tarpped in needing  approval of others, to be known as having our stuff together or just out of pure competition of other people.  Here are a few things we can reflect over to assure we are confidently moving out of a posture of Gods identity about us this season. By taking care of yourself too.

For me I have started incorporating a few things in my weeks routine that I have found helpful in me remain focused on what God has for me, helps me reset my feelings and really grasp the fact that I enjoy certain things and that is what makes me, me. This season I’m getting familiar with my identity and loving me for just that.

Gym/Exercise -I have been finding peace in the gym, it is proven facts that staying active helps with our mental standing, our thoughts. Many people suffer from depression in silence, and with this addition if can be improved some. Increased energy and relief of stress and improved mood. Theres just a natrual condidence in you when you feel good about your health and making great stides to be coming a more healthier you.

Appearance/Hygiene- No! I was not walking around without bathing or with my hair unkept, but I did just the basics. I have recently started adding facial mask to my routine at least once a week, it makes me sit still take a breather, think, and plan my next move.  I started treating myself to getting my nails done just another treat it’s great to feel pampered. My next challenge is at least monthly to create a look and go take pictures in my city, take time to put on an outfit that best fits your personality and your best make up look and have a photo shoot. There is nothing like capturing your confidence! You deserve it. This improves self-esteem for sure!

Finances-  At one point for a while I felt all I did was work come home and the money would be already going out just to stay afloat monthly. It felt like a cycle, and cycles especially unhealthy ones need to be broken. So, this year I took a stand to gain discipline in this area too. Still a work in progress. But stated he has given us power of all things and that includes this too. My goal is to tell my money where its to go and have it work for me. Move from the old ways of handling it and into a few new ways with Gods creative input. Pay myself an allowance each pay period. Set back money monthly in my savings. One of the creative ideas God had for me this year to make this possible, was giving up my own place and move in with my bestfriend, this will place us both on a journey of financial freedom. At first it was a disappointment. I questioned, why is it I can’t make it on my own, totally on my own. Now with knowing who I am and what Gods called me to do. He reminded me I never intended you to do anything on your own. And this move though it may seem not normal in the eyes of society, I never called you to fit in, so take this journey with me. Talk about humbling step WHHOOOAA! but i made it.  I can now look back over 2018 and say Lord if you had not arranged this for me I would not have been able to be a part of many things you have done this year. Financially I would not have been able to cover it. I see you working God, and I will continue trusting you.

Isaiah 40:31

But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings Like eagles. The will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.

Isaiah 41:10

Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.

Luke 10: 19-20

Look, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy, and you can walk among snakes and scorpions and crush them. Nothing will injure you. But don’t rejoice because evil spirits obey you; rejoice because your names are registered in heaven.

As life may seem to be going at full speed and demanding of you every minute. Find time. Make time, and do something for yourself, pour into you. So, in return you can truly give to others from a divine posture. For he has called us to reachh out to his people, but you need to love you and have the energy to do so. Continue resting and know God is moving on your behalf.

 

 

Is there a Reason to be Thankful

BY EBONY IG:@ebunnie24

Thanksgiving is fast approaching. It’s the time we tend to reflect on all the good things God has done for us; gains, new beginnings and family. A time when we highlight the good in our lives. What if you’re not where you want to be yet? You feel the pressure of the world on your shoulders. Are you feeling confused, unfocused, or forgotten?? During my Devotionals this week I have been directed to shift negative thoughts and perspectives, regarding the struggles, and habits we all go through. Can we be thankful for our not so good seasons in life too?? What good can be found in them?

There are many of time we are at points of desperation, loneliness, and confusion. But why? This cannot be God’s purpose or will for our life….. Right?

I know oh to well the feelings of “this cannot be happening to me” or “again I have to start all over” maybe even “man, why is it I never have enough” I think we all can relate to feeling this way and saying a few words like this to friends or even God at times. If we could change the outlook toward those questions I wonder if we would be moved differently,  if we would still operate from the same posture we have been up to this point. Let’s try it out:

  • By this happening to me God what is it that you are trying to show me? What am I to learn form this? God utilize this time to continue drawing me closer to you.
  • With this new beginning, Lord how would you direct my first steps?
  • Lord I know you are a God of provision, continue to guide me in using what you have provided to me. Thank you. Even for what I don’t see currently.  

Shift your mindset. Break an old habit of thinking for a newer one. Interrupting a pattern. Keeping God at the center of our language and life changes the dynamics of our perspectives, and most likely our outcomes too.

I can think back to one of my recent rants this year, I asked God “what about me” I pour out, I set up, and I serve. But what about me? When will I be invited, where do I go to get poured into? They only answer I got was. “Ebony continue doing what I asked of you and find peace in it. For I am in the midst.” I had to redirect my focus on what I am learning in the current season; improving my communication skills, being able to confidently share my story, utilizing Gods language on a daily, devoting a routine every day to giving God time everyday simply drawing me closer to him for his purpose and will.

2 Cor 12:9-10

Each time he said,” My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weakness.” So that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ =. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Just reflecting that moment I had. I was full of raw emotions and moved by them too. But that’s not Christian of me. I am working to move from a posture of Faith. Confidently believing what God has for me is for my good he promises to protect and provide for me even when I don’t see it. Am happy to report I have not given up, I have been redirecting my thoughts daily still, and serving him. And have been doing so from a great place of Joy and Peace. Over the past week God has set up such great unions, opportunities for encouragement, refreshments, and additional mentorship.

This weekend the Ladies of Lavender Lemonade had the opportunity to have brunch, one of the refreshing unions God set up with Angela if you don’t know her now, get ready, she is on a mission to change that language here in our DFW area, in how women commune with each other. With judgment free events, to empower and love on each other. Angela is the founder of  Ever Evolving Women, a networking group that is created to change the narrative of Sisterhood by bringing women of all ages and cultures together authentically. Located here in the DFW area. Our visit was much need as stories and goals were shared laughter filled the place it just felt so right. God in any season know what you need and when you need it most.

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Go check out Angela and her mission,

Ever Evolving Women- DFW, TX

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IG: @everevolvingwomen

Would you even know it when it comes…?

By Ebony Eugene, IG: @ebunnie24 @lavenderlemonade18 

We all have something we are waiting on. Things and events, we have attached timelines to. “Our timeline” Anticipating promotions, a husband, families and vacations around the world. We call those positive stressors where I work. With stress comes a play on your imagination, your thoughts, your words over yourself and perceptions, which leads me to ask, would you be able to recognize the very thing you are asking God for in your current state?

I have recently been reminded on many occasions that I am not waiting on God to move he has already gone before me. Rather he is waiting on me. So, this week I have been pondering on that thought and if that’s the case there is something in the season I need to be learning, improving, or tool that needs sharpening. I asked myself just as I have asked you, if God moved when I saw fit, or when I ask, would I even recognize it or would I pass it up? Would it have gone over looked because I was not in a matured walk with him to even notice how his gift differs from anything the world has to offer.

How do you know that it is a God’s gift?

How do you know that a door has been, God opened?

Think of it this way just as you have given gifts you put that individuals name on it. Their title … a label. So, what are Gods names for you? Let’s take a look at a few verses…

Song of Songs 4:7 – You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way.

John 14:27 – I am Leaving you with a gift- peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So, don’t be troubled or afraid.

Also, how do you know your residence from your neighbors, an assigned address Right? your own designated location. Where is God promising you will be? Check this out…

Psalms 91:1-3 – Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him. For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease.

Romans 8:37 – No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

God’s Language! It’s the key we must make ourselves familiar with it, so we can notice our prayers, gifts and open doors in our daily living. What does it sound like? Uplifting, love, guidance. What does it look like? Trust, confidence, peace and protected

We are already familiar with societies language for us, and some maybe the language of parents or a past teacher growing up. Lack, alone, who cares, fear and anger. So, it is easy for us at times to be comfortable in picking gift labels with those names or walk through those doors. But, that’s not what God intended for us. It’s important for us to study our word, worship God and pray daily because in those moments there is direction. In His direction we will find our familiarity to be able to notice God’s moves presence, and will for our life on a daily.

Share in the comments -What names do you struggle to realize God is calling you?

 

Stolen Gifts …

By Ebony Eugene IG: @ebunnie24

This week I found myself in a bind. I was excited as my week started, I am in a great position lately in my relationships, my finances my spirit man, over all just good vibes. Like I explained to the ladies I had gifts for them and was excited to see their reactions and smiles just pure joy. It was a gift for me to be in the position to give as it was a gift for them to receive. But that opportunity was taken from me when someone went into my car and stole them. Some would say it’s my fault you did leave your door unlocked. Others would agree, yes you should be upset. And only if you know who it was I know you would have something to say and would react.

But the crazy thing is I couldn’t stay mad too long as God spoke to me he asked it doesn’t feel good does it when gifts you have in place for someone are taken away does it? I give gifts daily and they are taken from me, they are not able to reach the full potential that I had anticipated for them. Due to circumstance, influence of other people, and situations. What are some gifts that I give?

Galatians 5:22-23

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. There is no law against these things.

So, let me ask you,

What are you currently experiencing?

Who are you entertaining?

What has happened to you in your past?

Are you feeling or siding with your sinful nature, hostility, selfishness, jealousy, impurity, and or division? How many of these traits do we revert to as a response to the lack of power or control in your lives? Are they the only way to respond? Are our responses misuse of God’s gifts?

Just as life continues we will be place in situations, circumstances and around people who put us in positions to choose to work through our spiritual gifts. Stay motivated and committed to continue moving within that posture. As Gods plans are bigger than anything we can imagine. And it’s not just affecting us as Gods gifts are also for us to share with others.

Galatians 5:13

For you have been called to live in freedom, my brother and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead use your freedom to serve one another in love.

Hey share in the comments some ways you reflect that helps you to choose daily to work through your spiritual gifts and not sinful nature?