Friday, July 31, 2015

#FOODFORTHOUGHT: 5 RULES FOR ENJOYING YOUR LIFE

Hey Folks! As I stated in a past post, I just celebrated my 25th birthday! I am so excited about what the Lord has in store for me. Now that I am finally coming into my own, I just really want to enjoy my life. I say I am going to do so every year but I never do. I don't want anything to hold me back from just doing whatever I want to do (that is pleasing in the sight of God, of course). To truly enjoy life, I know I must renew my mind and the way I operate my daily life. Well I came up with 5 rules, or reminders, for me to stay in my "Enjoy Life" zone.


1. Be a dedicated Believer in Jesus Christ. There is no joy or true fulfillment if Christ is not the forefront. And I said dedicated believer. In order to enjoy my life, I just can't engage in fellowship with Him at Bible Study and Sunday Service, no matter how busy I get. I have to keep my personal relationship with Him tight. I have to seek Him and stay in His word daily. I have to continue to serve Him in the capacities He has instructed me to. Enjoying Life is not synonymous with lessening the "Jesus Effect" over my life (as many do this to seek enjoyment from worldly outlets). If anything, your walk with Jesus has to intensify in order to look past all the trouble in the world and in your life to value true enjoyment.

2. Don't worry about what you don't have. This one is going to be a hard one for me but I have seen many improvements in this area of my life since I gave it to the Lord. I am a recovering worrier and I worry about everything! Money (or the lack thereof) is a major trigger for me. People think I am frugal because I am good with money. I realized I was frugal because I didn't trust God to do what He told me He was going to do when I prayed to Him about why I didn't have any money years ago. This worry has seeped over into my thoughts about future relationships and plans for my life. I had to realize that life is short. It could end tomorrow while I am worrying about something that hasn't happened yet. Plus, God holds my life in His hands. I am trusting Him now to provide everything I need to make it DAILY. Yes, I have opportunities daily to worry but I choose to trust Him instead. I want to go on trips, look pretty while doing so, and experience quality living. If it is God's will for me to enjoy my life (which it is), I know He will provide if I ask and seek Him. Don't worry; trust Jesus.

3. Embrace the unknown. I just told y'all I was a worrier. So unknown things used to really bother me. I don't even like to not know what the driving directions are when I get in the car. But I now look at the unknown differently. As I grow closer to Jesus in my personal walk with Him, He divulges more and more information to me about His Word and about my future. I now look at the unknown as an opportunity to let the Lord pour into me. And I figure if the Lord hasn't told me about it yet, than that means He has it under control without my help or knowledge. It is freeing to know and realize that the Lord truly has His hand on all things, known and unknown, concerning you. Enjoy every moment and relish in the fact that this awesome moment will lead to the next even if you don't know what that may be yet.

4. Live. Laugh. Love. LIVE your life. Do new and interesting things. Make time for yourself. Explore your God given passions and skills. Live the great life Christ has in mind for you. LAUGH at everything. Don't take yourself too seriously. I was always so serious. Many times I look back and think, "What a waste of time I could've spent having fun." Be happy and provoke happiness in others with a kind spirit. LOVE everyone. Now is not the time to shut down your heart. Be smart with your heart but don't be afraid to love people. Let people in after praying to God for discernment.  Do things to show your love for the people in your life you know love you back. Christ loves you so that you can spread His love.

5. Keep His Peace. Simply put, No Fight Fight. It can be difficult at times but thank God that you have the power to control your emotions and to practice self-discipline. Only through the peace of God will you be able to enjoy this awesome life of new experiences you just asked for. Things will always happen to anger or annoy you. Peace is a practice that must be harnessed within one's own mind and spirit. Don't let those emotions steal your peace. I could be eating ice cream sundaes on a yacht with my homies Jesus, Tupac, Beyonce, and my future husband wearing Louboutin shoes I didn't pay for, and eating grapes out of my Birkin bag. But if I let the captain's hacking cough over the speaker for 5 hours make me irritable, I missed the chance to enjoy and revel in the moment. Instead, focus on making and taking your own peace wherever you go.

I hope that these rules and reminders were helpful. Please let me know if you have any other good ones. I am serious about really embracing and living life to the fullest. As Christians, we will suffer and endure trouble on this earth. However, there is another side of God that is prosperous in joy, peace, love, self-discipline, and even riches. All of those things are heavenly and he does want to share those things with you. You have to give God your whole heart first. And then you really have to trust Him even when it doesn't look like nothing heavenly is going to happen for you. Trust in your Lord. SMOOCHES XOXO

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