Ask for a Challenge and it WILL be given!

11 years ago my journey, this journey began! I had a desire to learn about gratitude and what it could do for my life. I had this deep feeling that I needed to learn about gratitude. I didn’t know why, other than the obvious, but it seemed a pretty urgent desire. So I complied.

Ya know how they say “be careful what you wish for?”  Well once I started my research I began to have a wish to share what I was learning with others, but I had a further need to be able to gain the confidence of others by “walking my talk”.

I wanted those people, the ones that may be helped by what I had learned, to be able to look at me and know I practice what I preach; I felt this was very important. As a matter of fact, one reason I wouldn’t write my book or push my “agenda” too hard, was because I wanted to prove I was worthy of talking about it; let alone teaching it or sharing it with others!

So guess what happened? Well here is where the “be careful what you wish for” comes into play!  Over the last 4 years or so I have  been given challenges in life that have, at times, been more than I thought I could handle. I mean, I knew I would eventually get on with life, but in the moment these challenges were life altering, shattering! And they kept on coming! No rest for the weary!

So what happened as I faced these challenges? I became more confident in my message, I learned that practicing gratitude has given me tools that I went to as soon as the challenge reared its ugly head! It amazed me and it showed me I am worthy and I am ready!

Wow! Walk my talk indeed!

My book became a reality and eventually awarded a publishing contract!

And I am grateful! I was challenged…I AM challenged constantly!! And I stay grateful!

I can see clearly now why I had that urgency to learn about gratitude. I needed gratitude in my life for the challenges that were to come. I also needed gratitude in my life so that I can share it with others. God knows me best…and HE knew I needed to take the path exactly the way I have. I have my special nuances, my special unique way of learning, HE knew and I am grateful that I listened!

Be grateful!

Why is Forgiveness so important?

forgiveness7The quote says it all. Forgiveness is something we do for ourselves.  When most people think of forgiveness they think of losing, or of being weak. They think forgiving someone is the equivalent of admitting defeat or admitting they are wrong. Our EGO will not allow this! Our EGO will fight to protect us from anything that makes us feel less than the EGO thinks we should feel. But God says we are better than that. God says with Him all things are possible and that includes having the ability and the grace that we need in order to forgive others. Through HIM all things are possible. There is a reason the word ” forgiven” and variations of it are mentioned 48 times in scripture! *Source

Bearing a grudge or holding onto anger does not serve you or HIM! Bearing a grudge will keep you stuck.  These grudges can build walls that may keep you stuck in a place where you are not able to meet your goals.

So do you think forgiveness is important? I can tell you that most people who are stuck have some soul-searching and cleaning to do, needing to look deep within and see who they may need to forgive. Sometimes these things can be buried so deep that we are not aware of their existence! When I see someone who just can’t get un-stuck I look for the situation which may need forgiveness . And a lot of the time the forgiveness is for oneself. We are the last person we seem to think of when it comes to forgiveness. We dig around and come up with what others have done to us, then we find it within to forgive them, but we forget to look to ourselves.  It is the same old story, we are the last person that we take care of. We need to forgive ourselves just as we forgive others. Whether it is the need for forgiveness for others or forgiveness for ourselves, it will keep us stuck if we do not address it.  Stuck and unable to reach our goals.

So who do you need to forgive? While you search your heart for those that have transgressed against you do not forget to look in the mirror and make sure you have forgiven YOU.  It is all for you. This will start those walls toppling down! It is a step in the right direction.

Peace and Love~ Christine