Friday, August 5, 2011

Friendly Friday: Teri Johnson

Today's Friendly Friday post is from Teri Johnson over at Keeping it Personal. She's writer, speaker, and life coach. I had the opportunity to meet Teri at She Speaks, and she is just a warm, wonderful person. She's also going to be a published author, with her book Overcoming the Nevers on shelves by the end of the year! Woohoo!

I'm so grateful for her post today. Be sure to check out her web sites and follow her on Twitter!

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BE Where You Are

Have you ever wanted to BE somewhere else? Do you right now? Look at each area of your life, your 6 areas of personal perspective: Emotional. Spiritual. Health and Wellness. Financial. Relationships. Professional.

Which area would you like to change, modify, or be somewhere different than where you are today?

When we long to be somewhere we are not, {make more money, have a different job, have a bigger house, be skinnier, have different friends, be married to a more perfect husband…the list is limitless} when we wish to be “more like” another person, we get restless and discontent. When we continue to look ahead longing for things to be different, or look back with regret because things manifested in our lives opposite of what we had hoped for, we develop an attitude of ungratefulness.

Unfortunately, with discontentment and ungratefulness, we miss the blessings of what the present has to offer.

Of course it’s wise to plan and set goals

Of course it’s fun to dream

Of course it’s exciting to have a vision, and to be passionate

…all of these things are good -- they drive us to grow, experience, and keep on living.

But, the journey to these places can at times be taxing, full of obstacles, and hard work. The “how to get there” may look different than what we anticipate or expect. And, “the when we get there” may take more time that we anticipated.

So what do we do? How can we keep the goal, dream, vision, and passion alive – when we experience set-packs and negativity? How can we live a life of contentment and gratefulness on our winding journey?

FIRST we must understand that it starts with ME – I mean YOU – I mean it starts with ourselves, each individually. We are responsible only for ourselves. Period.

When we feel restless, discontent, or if we find ourselves having too many pity parties alone – LOOK in the mirror - examine your lift today – REFLECT on these 5 “P” words:

1. PATIENCE = Things happen on God’s timetable, not our timetable. We do not want to get ahead of His perfect plan. “Stand firm, and you will win life.” Luke 21:19
2. PERSPECTIVE = Take a step back and look at the big picture. Ask yourself, how important is it really? “You can be sure that God will take care of everything you need, his generosity exceeding even yours in the glory that pours from Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
3. PERSEVERANCE = Press on - If you are confident you are going where God wants you to go, living in His will, don’t give up. “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9
4. PURPOSE = Why are you where you are; today? Look for ways to be a light in your world, everyday, in every relationship, in every situation, in your current place – regardless if it’s where you want to be. “Many plans are in a man's mind, but it is the Lord's purpose for him that will stand.” Proverbs 19: 21
5. PRAYER = Whisper this simple prayer, “Father, open my eyes to see, open my ears to hear, open my heart to know, what You want for my life. Amen” Expect God to reveal Himself to you daily. Look for Him. “Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.” Colossians 4:2

Nothing in Gods world happens by mistake. Pursue acceptance in your life just as it is, at this very moment. Remember the 5 “P” words when restless cravings start to set in. Focus on lighting your world –right where you are – Live. Shine. Connect.

BE WHERE YOU ARE.

3 comments:

  1. Great words, Teri! Love the 5 P's. God bless your ministry!

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  2. What a wonderful word ~ and perfect for where I am today! I appreciate your 5 P's, and love your reminder to "focus on lighting your world ~ right where you are. Thank you for sharing!
    Cindy :)

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  3. this sounds like a good sermon idea *writing it down* ;-)

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