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“Drop It”

For anyone who doesn’t know Pastor Scott Williams, stop reading this blog post and go look him up on Google/Bing…whatever… He is amazing, funny, and packs a spiritual punch to your face. I used to live in Charleston, SC and there is a great church called Seacoast located in Mt Pleasant. On March 25th, they hosted Pastor Williams as a guest pastor and his sermon was nothing less than amazing!

He did a talk called “Drop It” and I happened to watch it, April 2nd. Oh My Gosh! He talks about so many different important topics in this sermon that I will have to go back and re-watch it, which I never do. Not because the other sermons are bad, but because Pastor Williams is fast talking and drops key nuggets all over the place that my head was spinning by the end.  I came away with the main points, Drop It, if it doesn’t align with your values or where you want to go and what you’re praying on, then drop it, because it’s probably holding you back. He made a lot of profound statements sandwiched between comedic stories. Sometimes I laughed so hard that I had to stop and say wait? what did he just say? OH MAN! I needed to hear that. He wants you to know that the good stuff is already here and you just have to drop all of the garbage and negativity so that you can open your arms to accept it.

If you’re interested in watching his sermon, download the Seacoast app, go to messages and he’s in the Jesus Said category, March 25th sermon.

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February 1

This week has definitely had a theme for me. I talked about being fast paced in my last post and now to hear “be still”, I’m almost speechless. Clearly, God has a message for me to be still, slow way down and enjoy this life He has given me. He is God and will be exalted. Wow. How profound. So often we use the words “might be”, “hope to”, etc… what about will be? That drips of omniscience- knowing that you will be exalted amongst all the nations. He has a plan for us and we need to change the dialogue in our heads to “will be”. His will be done.

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January 30

What a concept. How often I have wondered if God hears my prayers or is working in a way I can’t see (for a long time). In this fast paced, digital world of instant gratification, it is so easy to expect things to come quickly. Even if I pride myself on not wanting instant results, God knows my heart and may find me wanting. I work fast, I talk fast, I do everything FAST, so when I decide I want to change something in my life, I do it and fast. But then I want the intended outcome to come…fast. I think sometimes God wants me to slow down, way down and realize that I can’t control everything and there is a time for everything and everyone. Such a hard lesson to learn. Lately I have given it much thought and have found that He has a plan and if I stop to wait for it, I may realize that my prayers are about to be answered, maybe a little later than I’d like but in His perfect timing.

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The compound effect

Staying with the theme of self improvement and personal development, I want to share a book I’ve been listening to on my way to the office. It’s called “The Compound Effect” by Darren Hardy. I started listening to this book back in June and for some reason got away from listening to personal development (pd) all together.

Last year, I listened to every book by Grant Cardone, a few by Brian Tracy, and etc… I was a personal development junkie for a long time. And ya know what? My life was actually pretty great, listening to this positivity and keeping me focused on the tasks at hand. Even after listening to Mr. Hardy for the past few days, I am writing this post because I am committed to the compound effect. I’m making small changes in my life because it is the small changes that make the difference. They add up to the big changes. It is important to keep a schedule, stick to it, and gain MO(momentum) as he calls it. It really does work!

He talks about not going full force into something, making unsustainable commitments or promises just to break them in 30 to 60 days. Instead, make goals that you can stick to long term. If you want to work out, commit to working out 30 min a day , 4 days a week, or a schedule that you know you can stick to.

Also how small habit can make or break you. For instance my 2pm Starbucks run was not good for my wallet or my health. I’m going to calculate all of the money I spent on Starbucks this year and then cry when I realize how completely unnecessary that was. Unfortunately I can’t rewind the clock and I knew better but sometimes you get lonely and want a break from the office so you make yourself feel better with some Starbucks. Maybe it’s a bit of a shopping addiction like a small little drizzle of spending that keeps you happy with that dose of dopamine.

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January 22

Trusting in Him is a hard concept to accept. Many of us prefer to think that we can control everything and when we things don’t go our way, we feel lost.

God tells us that we need to trust in Him and put confidence in Him. So often, we see challenges and struggles as insurmountable, but usually they are there to teach us a lesson and help us to grow.

I have had my fair share of troubles where I found myself down and out. It’s easier to sit on the couch, eat my feelings or drown myself in Netflix binge watching. It’s important to keep our eyes focused on moving forward and trust that there is a plan for you and me. We are taught the lessons that we need to learn.

This is never easy and it’s not meant to be! Iron is strengthened in fire.