As we close 2020, it is time for us to nourish our spiritual deficiencies. It is not alright to not watch your spirit constantly and still say you are walking with the Lord. The spirit empowers you; it does not confuse you. It is time to get in touch with your core, your innermost essence. The truth hurts, reveals and heals. It is time to truly see who you are. Ask yourself these key introspective questions:
· Which of my relationships are lacking?
· Where do I need to focus and effect change?
· Do you feel close to God? If so, do your answers reflect same?
· Have you recently lost a loving connection? If so, can you feel this loss in your responses thus far?
· If you are a parent, are you spending adequate time with your children?
· Do you have close friends? Why or why not? If you do have close friends, do you feel like your close friends are supportive of you? What makes these individuals so special to you?
· Do you feel like you are in tune with yourself?
Now ponder your answers. Ask yourself where your answers are leading you. Do you feel like it is time to make a change? Does your spirit feel full, or is there lack somewhere? Take the hard road and assess what you need to change to bring better quality to your life. Allow your answers to guide you on your quest for spiritual wellness.
Spirituality is not just about your relationship with God, it is about all your relationships. Spirituality may start with God, but it also permeates throughout your entire life. To keep our spirits fed, we must take spiritual inventory. It is time to address the tender, needy areas of our soul. We need life-affirming truths to strengthen our spirit and safeguard our health. Do what you must to salve the areas of your life where you are hurting. You deserve to be whole.
Here are some guiding principles to assist in your journey:
· Actively work to forgive yourself and others. Release any blame as it will free you to discover the blessings on your life.
· Clean up your relationships and apologize with action when necessary. You heal wounds when you create a new start with people who matter to you the most.
· Remove toxic people from your life. Walk away from people and situations that threaten your peace of mind. Let people learn from their own mistakes, you cannot save everyone. If a person is bringing negative energy into your life, have the inner strength to remove yourself from that person. Love yourself enough to remove fake friends, lovers, associates; and, at times, family members.
· Know that you do not compete for spots, you are the spot. You are walking by God’s drumbeat for your life, not anyone else’s. Do not worry about what God is saying to others, focus on the message God has for you. You are in the rhythm of your life; God beats your drum for you.
· Make time to do the spiritual work needed to nurture your relationship with God. Start each day by praising the name of God. Your inner peace is your inner strength, stay prayed up.
· Practice self-love daily. You can be the best version of you by creating a change in your heart and renewing your soul with the word of God.
· Recognize you have been blessed with God’s grace. Be grateful. Be happy and content in His grace as His grace is sufficient.
· Commune with nature and appreciate the beauty of outdoors. While being socially distant, relish in the fresh snow, bright sun, and crisp air. Appreciate all the wonderous beauty found in nature.
· Be generous but not self-sacrificing. Do not give so much of yourself that your energy is depleted. Nurture your spirit first.
· You are blessed to be a blessing to others. Follow the golden rule to treat others the same way you want to be treated. Be fair and kind.
· Do your very best, do not worry about being perfect. Only God is perfect, humans are not. Strive for excellence and keep moving forward.
· Tell yourself the truth, do not lie to yourself. Release yourself from pettiness, lying, pretentiousness, and overall feeling like you are better than people.
· Do not let your ego lie to you, we are all fearfully and wonderfully made. Be loving in spirit.
· Do not entertain baseless drama. Make your life simple by keeping your cool. Do not turn a minor upset into a major issue. Keep your vibes positive.
· Accept you cannot always choose what life will bring. There are no guarantee’s in this life. Your power lies in how you choose to respond to the outside world. Keep your spirit aligned with God’s grace and you will be able to handle anything.
· In each situation you find yourself in, ask God to reveal the lesson. Seek the lesson in everything.
· Laughter soothes the soul and boosts your immune system. Be lighthearted and make sure you laugh often throughout your day.
· Step outside of your comfort zone. You do not have to play it safe. A routine can leave you feeling depressed, stuck, and unfulfilled. You do not have to accept a life of being uncomfortably comfortable. Move outside of your rut. Take the reigns of your life and have the courage to follow your heart. If you always do what you have always done, you will get what you have always got. Stop stifling yourself and allow God to penetrate, refresh and renew your spirit.
Let the message of what is written seep inside your heart. You will start to see who you truly are by bringing yourself to a level of discipline. To be saved, you must be accountable. Do what is needed in order to position yourself for greatness. Once you make the courageous move to correct your spiritual deficiencies, you will have a clear vison of how to attain the alignment you seek. The information and action you need to bring more spirituality into your life will reveal itself. Get ready for your best year yet. #nbholidaycheer