Are You Traveling on the Right Road?

I saw this quote recently and it really challenged me. I’ve been running a lot lately and I’m tired. It’s time I stop and evaluate this road I’m on.

Don’t exhaust yourself running on a path that’s not yours to follow. The road may be great for someone else, but it doesn’t mean it’s right for you.

If you find yourself on the wrong road, GET OFF.

I know starting over can be scary. But, I’d rather you start over than spin your wheels going nowhere.

Have a blessed day and remember to find the “jolly” in every “moment” life brings your way!

~ Keishawna

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Just Breathe…

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Some days the best thing you can do is focus on the tasks at hand for that day.

If you are a planner like myself, your natural reaction is to think about what you have to do today, tomorrow, next week and even three months from now. Some days that will result in more stress than peace.

If this is one of those days where you feel stretched to your limit, take a moment to stop and just Breathe.

Stop replaying in your mind the worst thing that could happen. Breathe!

Stop thinking about how everything might fall apart. Breathe!

When chaos calls, don’t answer. Breathe!

Inhale the peace of God and exhale the stress, worries, and cares. Breathe!

At the end of the day, some things are outside of your control.

Control what you can on today, give the rest to God and rest! Breathe!

Have a blessed day and remember to find the “jolly” in every “moment” life brings your way!

~ Keishawna

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It Could All Be So Simple

Lauryn Hill’s song Ex-Factor starts off by saying “it could all be so simple, but you’d rather make it hard“. The song is referring to a relationship, but I wonder how many other things in our life are simple that we’re making hard.

I remember one time I was hired for a position and based on the interview I had an expectation that I would be doing a specific thing. However, my manager, who did not participate in the hiring process, had me doing something different. I was frustrated and stressed out about it. Several people suggested that I simply talk to my manager, but I would always talk myself out of doing it.

Finally, when I couldn’t take it anymore, I, in much nicer words, asked my manager at what point could I start doing what I expected. Her answer was simple. She said, “starting today”. It was all a simple misunderstanding.

On today, I challenge you to recognize that some things and situations are not as complicated as we’re making it out to be.

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Thy Will Be Done….

For as long as I can remember, my mother has always said, “God didn’t promise that all our days would be easy”.

I believe her.

I know it’s true.

I know all things will work together for my good in the end (Romans 8:28).

What I don’t believe is that I always have to like what’s happening. Some things are painful to go through. Some things don’t make sense. It doesn’t mean I don’t trust God. It just means I’m human and it hurts!

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God Is Always Working

Be encouraged on today. Know that even when you are unaware, God is always working in the background on your situation. Learn to rest and trust that HE WILL work it out! 

Have a blessed day and remember to find the “jolly” in every “moment” life brings your way on today!

~ Keishawna

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Sometimes You Have to Encourage Yourself!

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As a child, I remember hearing adults say, “Do as I say, not as I do.” In other words, do what I tell you even if you see me doing the opposite. I always found that confusing.

However, lately I’ve been encouraging others to fight, believe, and trust, yet I didn’t have the strength to live out what I was encouraging them to do.

I freely shared words of life and hope with others, but was speechless when it came to me. When I needed encouragement the most, I came across my own words from an interview posted on The Far Above Rubies Collection in November 2016. Now, I have to do as I say!

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I never shared the interview with anyone until now. I pray it is as much of a blessing and an encouragement to you, as it was for me.

Click here to read the interview OR An Interview with Keishawna on Mary

~ Keishawna

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For I Know the Plans….

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For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

This is just a reminder to someone today that God loves you. No matter what it looks like right now, He has a plan for your life.

You are not forgotten!

You are not alone!

You are LOVED!

This situation too will pass!

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Why Settle for Good, When You Can Have Best!

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I recently heard a story that I believe may bless some of you.

On the day of the final exam, the professor gave every student the option of receiving a “C” on the exam without taking it. More than half the class accepted the “C” and left. The professor passed out the exam to those who remained. Before he allowed them to turn the exam over, he encouraged them and told them they would do great things in life. When the students turned the exam over, it had two sentences: Congratulations! You made an “A”!

What would you have done in that situation? What do you believe about yourself today? Do you belief you are worth a “C” because an “A” seems impossible, or out of your reach?

I challenge you to raise your expectations for what you will do. Raise your expectations for what you can have.

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Follow the Path That Leads to Your Peace

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Years ago while searching for my first home, I found what I felt was the perfect house. When the time came to put down money, I backed out. Why? I did not have any peace.

If you do not have peace about that relationship, job opportunity, marriage, purchase, move, divorce, or whatever decision you are about to make, DON’T DO IT! WAIT!

TRUST your instincts. TRUST what God is speaking to you about that situation. It may not make sense now, but TRUST that He knows what is best.

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It’s Time to Focus on the Battle Within Me

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“Sometimes I need to focus on the battle God wants to win in me more than the battle I want Him to win for me”. ~Steven Furtick

Often times we want so badly for God to deal with a certain person, or situation, that we lose sight of the work He’s trying to do on the inside of us.

Sometimes the battle we really need to win has nothing to do with the other person, but has everything to do with us.

I challenge you to shift your focus this week. Instead of focusing on what needs to change in the other person, focus on what needs to change in you!

Have a blessed day!

~ Keishawna

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