Humbled by His Grace, Ch. 1: The Child Within (excerpt)

Re-introducing my book, “Humbled By His Grace” to the world as I prepare to launch a new one in two months: Inspired-2-Inspire: A Collection of Inspirational Quotes, Letters, and Prayers.

Chapter 1: The Child Within

Realizing that our blessings are many, blessings for which we are ever grateful, somehow we tend to be poor stewards of that which we receive. The process of maturity is recognizing our flaws, acknowledging them, and seeking deliverance from them. In other words we have to do more than just realize our flaws, we have to confess them, and then take the steps to correct them.

Sometimes we become so set in our ways, so set in traditions, that it is hard to break loose of things that are in fact strongholds, things that hold us back from being strong in the Lord.

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For years I have done for others, sometimes not simply because I cared but because I wanted to be accepted. With acceptance came praise, admiration, and attention. For years I failed to acknowledge that my fear of rejection fed my desire to please. What started out as a thought so long ago became a city within my mind, my heart, and eventually my actions. In addition, I failed to acknowledge how this same fear fed my need to be an overachiever, a perfectionist, independent and prideful. Obviously I realized it, but I didn’t address it.

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Many of you, too, have failed to address underlying issues because of the need to be “independent.” This need carries with it a desire to be in control, to maintain control, and to make sure that others recognize that you are in control. “Independent” has become a label to acknowledge those who depend on no one else to get ahead in life or who overcome obstacles with minimal help from others. It brings on a sense of pride that can and at some point will become a stumbling block to your growth.


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Kocysha presents the grace and love of God through spiritual inspiration and personal accounts of overcoming strongholds and insecurities, particularly pride, with hopes that a realistic and personable perspective will provide a sense of hope to those enduring similar situations and issues.

To purchase your copy (paperback only at this time), visit HERE.

Five Minute Friday- “Garden”

I’ve been reading WisdomfromaFather’s Friday posts for a while now and thought the idea of Five minute writings was neat. So here I am joining hundreds of others in Five Minute Fridays started by Lisa Jo-Baker.  The key is to write for five minutes based on Lisa-Jo’s prompt “No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation. Unscripted. Unedited. Real.”

This weeks word is “Garden” but you will have to visit Lisa-Jo Baker here to get the full story behind her inspiration for this weeks word, a love story like no other.

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HK KowloonPark Garden of Life

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So here we go: “Garden”

Well, you know, I don’t have a garden, so literally speaking I can’t share from that aspect. However, metaphorically speaking (yeah, I think that’s the right word), the word “garden” actually reminds me of our own individual lives. In many ways, we choose what we allow to grow in our life, we can choose what type of flowers we want to plant, what type of vegetables we want, basically the good things, and we can choose which ones are not good for our health, which ones that are not quite ripe or mature, as well as remove the weeds that manage to slither their way through.

**The After Five: So basically speaking, we may not always have a choice as to WHO comes into our life, but we do have a choice as to how long we allow them to stay. Will they prove to be fruitful or will they prove to be useless to our growth. And where you do have a choice, be sure to see the bigger picture and not just the temporary/short-term picture.

You have a voice and you have a right to determine who stays and who goes, but even while tending to your own garden of life, be sure to bless others so that they too may flourish.

“How will the thing you allow in your life today affect your life tomorrow?”

 

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Have heard this song many times, but this morning it stopped me in my tracks and the tears were there before I knew it.

Been neglecting my Praise and Worship via Pandora!!! Turned it on this morning while doing some work and was quickly reminded of the overwhelming awe that comes over me just basting in the love of God!

Blessings from Inspired-2-Inspire’s Coaching  Team!!!