Well, the prodigal sons have returned from their Ohio trip. Daughter and I spent all day yesterday running errands, which I didn't complete because she has the world's tiniest bladder and I hate public restrooms. So when we went home we stayed home. I was tired. She was tired. Mr. T and Son were home about 2:30 this morning and of course they were tired. I didn't go into a deep sleep until I heard them come home because I knew to listen out for them, first of all, and second, my sleep is never really that sound unless eveyone is home. So we all slept HARD and here I am, not at church today, because I didn't get up until late.
So instead I am going to share something from a newsletter I get from life coach Valerie Burton. This woman helped me when I was transitioning between the job I was sick of and the one I have now. It really wasn't just about a job change though, it was a life change - stepping into what I've always wanted and leaving behind the stuff that just wasn't cutting it. Do YOU want to make a change? Take a read.
I have to go work on Son's project now.
Our lives speak to us in a variety of ways and it is important to listen when your life is sending you a message. Whether in your work, relationships, health, finances or spiritual life, I have found that there are at least five ways that your life speaks to you:
1. Your life speaks to you through your intuition.
Your intuition – often referred to as a hunch, gut instinct, or sixth sense – is divine intelligence. It is a gift from God. Use it! Make a decision to begin trusting your intuition. The sooner you do, the sooner you will begin noticing a greater sense of peace about your decisions. The answers you need are available to you, but you must trust that they are there. Access your intuition through prayer and meditation. Begin noticing those little nudges in your spirit – and follow them.
2. Your life speaks to you through people.
Isn’t it amazing how others’ paths cross yours at just the right time to offer you a message you need to hear? Sometimes the message is a positive and uplifting one. At other times, it is a message that irritates or frustrates you – thus, moving you to make a needed change. People cross your path for a purpose and sometimes for only a brief period. Make sure you notice when a divine message or lesson is being offered to you through the people in your life.
3. Your life speaks to you through frustration.
Negative emotions and feelings are teachers. The problem is that most people don’t realize it. As a result, their frustration only serves to make them more frustrated. When you feel frustrated, ask yourself, “What change would I need to make in order to eliminate this frustration?” Problems such as frustration offer you an opportunity to make changes that will ultimately enrich your life.
4. Your life speaks to you through joy.
One of the most rewarding goals you can set for yourself is to experience joy on a daily basis. It was the pursuit of joy that led me onto the path of entrepreneurship. Two of the values that bring me the most joy are freedom and creativity. I wanted the freedom to create my own schedule and the joy of creating something of my own that would make a difference in the lives of others. Figure out what brings you joy and pursue it wholeheartedly.
5. Your life speaks to you through failures.
Failures, though frustrating and disappointing, offer a terrific opportunity for future success. Refuse to allow failure to discourage you to the point of giving up. Instead, ask yourself, “What’s the lesson in this failure?” Perhaps failure is meant to push you in a new direction, spark an idea, or keep you in a holding pattern until something better comes along. Failure is never about the failure. It is about the lesson learned and the wisdom gained in the process.
My challenge to you this week:
Listen to your life! Refuse to allow fear to stifle the desires of your heart.