Five Minute Friday: PERSPECTIVE as a Stronghold

When I lost my job in 2012, I began researching life coaching because I felt it was closely aligned to my teaching style. But once I started to consider it as a full-time career choice and what services I’d offer, I struggled with what others would think as far as it being a real job.

When I reached out for coaching myself to overcome this roadblock, I realized it was my own perception of a ‘real job’ that was getting in the way. I was used to working a 9-5 and didn’t really know a full-time life coach or how to make it a full-time business. It had also been ingrained in me growing up that I was to get a good education, which in turn would increase my chances of getting a good job with good benefits.

This perspective was a stronghold in the sense that had I not been willing to see things differently, it would have limited my opportunities. While I’m now a parallel entrepreneur (working a full-time job and coaching), I no longer believe I can’t be successful as a coach full-time or that it’s not a ‘real job’ or career. I’ve met hundreds of coaches who, in fact, are coaching full-time and making six figures because they didn’t allow themselves to be boxed in to a certain mindset.

How is your perspective a stronghold in your life? What has God called you to do, but because it doesn’t align with what you thought a successful relationship, successful career, etc. should look like, you don’t think it’s possible or relevant? The thing you’ve been on the fence about, consider it from a different perspective, or a different angle, if you will, and see the possibilities for more.

Thanks for reading. If you have a love for writing, but often times not sure what to write about, this is a good place to start and stay as we receive weekly word prompts from Kate Motaung via the Five Minute Friday Community Page. All you have to do is write for five minutes.

 

Five Minute Friday: When Being PATIENT is No Longer a Choice

Sometimes we get it right; sometimes we don’t. Sometimes God has to humble us… sit us down to the point we have no choice BUT to be patient, be still and wait on him.

Have you ever been in a situation where you needed saving? Not from someone else, but from SELF! Yes, sometimes we are our own worst enemies, our own downfall, our own setback. But thankfully… My God… I’m so glad we have a Father who sits high and doesn’t mind looking low to check on his babies, his kids, his children, His Sons/Daughters.

Over the last month, I was waiting for something… not good, unfortunately… but I was anxious… And had it NOT been for the unexpected C-virus, it just might have gone as I planned… But, yet again, I’m thankful that it’s God’s plans that prevails over our own. While I’m not too keen on being stuck in the house so much, even as an introvert, I’m thankful for the reminder to be PATIENT. What God has for me will be and it will be perfect because it will be as according to his will.

When being PATIENT is no longer a choice, you (time)… realize why it’s such a virtue. What is God reminding you to be patient about and for?

Thanks for reading. If you have a love for writing, but often times not sure what to write about, this is a good place to start and stay as we receive weekly word prompts from Kate Motaung via the Five Minute Friday Community Page. All you have to do is write for five minutes.

Five Minute Friday: LAST Time I…

I think I’m in a mood… thinking that’s the Last time I fall for the okie doke. Woke up early this morning and listened to a powerful, prophetic word and one of the things pointed out was how as believers we reach a certain level of growth where we don’t fall for things that we used to. And I’ve heard this several times over the past couple of months. Where you are now, you should not still be getting thrown off by certain things… So I think that’s the last time I allow this… fall for this… put up with this… accept less than… 

I encourage you to consider some things in your life that you’ve been putting up with and accepting for ‘fear of’ something, but you know deep down it’s time to say, “That’s the LAST time I…

 

Thanks for reading. If you have a love for writing, but often times not sure what to write about, this is a good place to start and stay as we receive weekly word prompts from Kate Motaung via the Five Minute Friday Community Page. 

Five Minute Friday: There’s a Blessing in the WAIT!

Wait! Wait!! Wait!!! Not many of us like to hear this word because it seems to be an interruption. We’re in the middle of something – focused on completion. Just let me be and get done. Oh, hold on… So, two scenarios here. Scenario 1: Someone is interrupting you – wanting you to wait on your current project to tell you, inform, or enlighten you on something that COULD possibly help with what you’re currently doing. Scenario 2: You tell the person to wait until you finish. Have you missed out on critical information. Are you rushing to complete something you’ve procrastinated on?

Here’s another thought with relation to the title: We can be in such a rush sometimes that we miss out on the lesson to be learned, we miss out on an opportunity, we miss out on being a blessing to someone else or even the recipient of a blessing. The WAIT allows us to see clearly when we take the time to s…l…o…w… down. You see things clearly, you see things you normally would not have seen, you embrace the beauty of the moment. You can breathe… (times)… you can smell, you can taste, and see that all things are good!!!

Thanks for reading. If you have a love for writing, but often times not sure what to write about, this is a good place to start and stay as we receive weekly word prompts from Kate Motaung via the Five Minute Friday Community Page. 

Five Minute Friday: How’d I End Up Here AGAIN!

Have you ever asked God to release you from something, yet you found yourself back in the same situation, back with the same person, back in your feelings, yet AGAIN? I have too. And as I’ve grown spiritually, I understood the why behind some of my ‘again’s’.

Anytime we release/let go of someone or something, we have to fill that space with something more positive, nurturing, powerful, empowering (you get the picture)… We can’t just leave it empty. Because if we’re not careful we begin to ache and yearn for the thing or person we let go and ‘again’ happens. Moving beyond a negative situation, the wrong person, the addiction takes more than letting go… we have to fill the space lest it returns worse than before (Matthew 12:43-45)… times up… But what do we fill it with? That’s where self-reflection comes in. What is it about you that clings to these certain people, addictions, situations… Acknowledge the ‘what’, the ‘strongholds’ (fear of rejection, fear of being alone, fear of being misunderstood, etc.) then you will have a better idea of what to fill the void with. Even a good thing in the wrong place proves ineffective.

Thanks for reading. If you have a love for writing, but often times not sure what to write about, this is a good place to start and stay as we receive weekly word prompts from Kate Motaung via the Five Minute Friday Community Page. 

Five Minute Friday: TAKE What You Have…

I am rushing, rushing, rushing. Just finished my audio post and here I am for the writing portion of Five Minute Friday and today’s prompt word is TAKE!!! Twice, recently, I’ve heard sermons on taking what you have and making the best of it. I just shared via audio how in 2013, all I had was my laptop and research skills, and a willingness to learn during a period of unexpected unemployment. Having research home-based businesses before, it always led to something skeptical or scammy. But one day I discovered the word ‘freelancer’ and that opened a whole new world of opportunities that I’d known nothing about. So with my laptop and Youtube videos, I taught myself how to transcribe and for three years I was blessed with opportunities to transcribe for individuals, doctoral students, coaches, speakers, ministry organizations from the US, Africa and dozens of different accents. It was indeed a beautiful, although time consuming and very tedious task, experience that I would not have known had I not taken what I had.

What do you have in your possession that you consider to be minute, common, not important, not enough, that in fact, is your seed form for your tree. (time) I think it was Bishop T.D. Jakes I heard share how God doesn’t give us the tree all the time. Sometimes he gives us the seed to be creative. So be creative with what God has already given you!!!

Thanks for reading. If you have a love for writing, but often times not sure what to write about, this is a good place to start and stay as we receive weekly word prompts from Kate Motaung via the Five Minute Friday Community Page. 

Five Minute Friday: World

The first thing that came to mind when I saw the word prompt for today was: “What in the WORLD were you thinking?”

How many of you have asked yourself the same question in the past, or honestly, maybe even today and well, let’s be honest. The answer in reply was, “I wasn’t.”

Often times we find ourselves in situations because we didn’t think from a spiritual perspective. We saw, instead, from a wordly view, instead of a Godly view. It’s easy to react when we haven’t fully mastered self-control, as opposed to responding. But let’s be honest again, no matter how spiritual we are, sometimes we still find ourselves reacting and asking the question… Yeah, you guessed it. ‘What in the WORLD was I thinking?’

But thank God for his grace and mercy, for his forgiveness, for giving us umpteen chances to make right our wrongs if we so choose.

So the next time we’re in a situation, a fickle, between a rock and a hard place, let’s remember to think not as the World would, but as Jesus would. Let’s remember to consider the other person’s feelings and the why behind their what. (time)…

Thanks for reading. If you have a love for writing, but often times not sure what to write about, this is a good place to start and stay as we receive weekly word prompts from Kate Motaung via the Five Minute Friday Community Page. 

Five Minute Friday: Question

To Be or Not to Be? Nah! Just kidding… lol

The most powerful questions to ask are to ourselves in the sense of self-reflection. I am a big proponent, advocate, whatever you want to call it of self-reflection. Why? Good Question! Because this is how I check myself on what and why I say and do what I do that is out of character or unChristian-like.

Those questions often times surface as: Why did I react that way? Why did this person frustrate me? What is it about this person/situation that disturbs me? Why do I keep falling into this trap? What am I seeing in this person that’s really a flaw I see in myself? Why do certain things trigger certain emotions? 

Now, if we’re honest, those questions coming from someone else might cause us to be a bit defensive, so who better to ask than you of your self.

Take time to reflect at the end of the day with these and other questions. That’s where our growth lies. That’s where we find if we’re walking in alignment with the… (time) fruits of the spirit (of God) or of the world.

Thanks for reading. If you have a love for writing, but often times not sure what to write about, this is a good place to start and stay as we receive weekly word prompts from Kate Motaung via the Five Minute Friday Community Page.