9 reasons why you should try something new

My husband and I recently began visiting our local farmers market on a regular  basis. This is something new for us, as we would purchase all our fruits and vegetables at our local grocery store.

pitahayaI noticed a fruit I had never seen called Pitahaya [pit-uh-hahy-uh] .  The vendor began informing me about this fruit.  

Rich in vitamins and has healing properties. The pulp can be eaten or made into a juice.  Taste good, stains badly, be careful.

The fruit went in my bag, and upon trying it at home, it was pretty good.

The old me would never try something new. The new me wants to experiment and try new things.

How did I become from being a conformist, to wanting to try something new?

It began when I started to read everything I could get my hands on at a later time in my life.

In reading, I dared to be creative.  I began to explore in other areas. I was challenged, I became hungry.

As a youngster, I did not have much interest in reading, until one day I had this desire to write. I began reading and  learning about the craft of writing.

In reading, I discovered what I had missed all along. Life.

Have you ever been afraid to step out in faith to try, do or say something that is out of your comfort zone?

I have many times. I have failed when I tried something new, other times I was surprised.

In order to grow, it is necessary to try new things. I am not talking about going against a moral code, but doing something new and different in your life that will improve you.

Do something that is not on the menu.

Why try something new?

Some reason why you should.

  1. It will cause your mindset to expand,  learn and grow.
  2. You will be able to speak about a topic and hold a decent conversation.
  3. You dispel fear- you find it exciting to step out into the unknown.
  4. You will continue to be inspired and motivated, and boredom will not be an issue in your life.
  5. You may  find something new about yourself, and may be surprised at what you can do.
  6. You will discover you are successful at something
  7. You will become energized and will find a boost in confidence
  8. You will discover your strengths and  weaknesses.
  9. When you experiment, you become successful.  

Are you trying to find  something in your life that will satisfy you?  Experiment, step out of your comfort zone!  

I have found  trying something new for the first time can be a bit scary, but afterwards, it becomes an adventure.

Go ahead, give it a shot.  Dare to try to be someone better than you are now.  You won’t regret it.

 

How to hear the voice of God

Have you believed God does not speak to you, or you cannot hear His voice?

Have you presumed you are unworthy of hearing the voice of God, or you have sinned so terribly, you believe God ignores you?

The word says in John 10:27 –  My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.

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Are you His sheep? If so, you can hear His voice, regardless of your past.

I love teaching those I minister to how to hear the voice of God. It is very rewarding when I have someone sitting in front of me, frustrated and embarrassed because they cannot hear His voice, and they leave the session hearing God.

The main reason for the blockage is the lie they have believed:  God ignores me, I can’t hear His voice, or God only speaks to those in the pulpit.

They may also feel unworthy of Hearing His voice.

The truth is, they have believed the lie which says:  God does not speak to me.

The enemy places guilt because of past sins, backsliding or whatever, when in reality, it is only a matter of teaching them how to hear His voice.

The first thing I do is encourage my client and explain they have believed the father of lies, satan,  and I replace it with the truth.

The truth which  says, you are worthy of hearing His voice, God sent His son and the veil is ripped and you now have direct access to God.

I also let them know they are valuable, and God loves to talk.

Once they receive the truth in their hearts, I am ready to continue.

I have read Marks’ Virkler book  how to the the voice of God several times, and It’s a book  I recommend to those I minister  if they have trouble hearing His voice.

I share with those in a ministry session the four keys to hearing God’s voice as explained by Mark Virkler.

  • be still
  • fix your eyes on Jesus
  • tune to spontaneity
  • record the vision or journal

Habakkuk 2: 1-3.

What I am about to share is the super short version of hearing the voice of God.  I know this short excerpt will help because I have seen it work.

God speaks as thoughts coming to our mind

Many believe they need to hear God in an audible voice. That is not so, it’s through thoughts that come to the mind or even a gut feeling about something.

Sometimes they need to hand fear, doubt, and unbelief to God and repent for believing the lie. When this happens, they begin hearing His voice.

We  begin our listening exercise. I start off with a simple question, my client closes his or her eyes, they focus on Jesus  and I ask them to say the first thing that comes to their mind.

They are greatly encouraged when I share  I heard the same thing.

Of course, this gives them hope and encouragement to continue.

We do several more exercises, and they begin to hear more. While they are hearing what comes to their mind, they are writing this down.  In doing so, I am teaching them how to journal.

Learning to hear God’s voice has evolved for me over the years. Before it was just short sentences, but as I have grown I now have two-way conversations.

More questions I ask God, the more I grow

Journaling has become my way of  understanding problems I face. There are times where I have a misconception about a person or  situation,  or the Lord is teaching me something new.

Journaling has caused me to learn, mature and grow.

Have you felt  God does not speak to you? It is simply not true.

If you are His sheep, you know His voice, and He speaks to you. All we need to do is stop, quiet ourselves, fix our eyes on Jesus, ask a question and wait for the thoughts to come in.

Write down those thoughts, and continue to listen and focus on Jesus. This is a proven method. I understand there are other ways and methods, and that’s fine.

The goal is to hear His voice whichever approach  works best for you.

You are who you think you are

Have you ever met someone who’s manner of speech is negative?  I know a few,  and it’s frustrating to be around them.  These folks do not receive encouragement or help, and others around them avoid them at all cost.

Speaking negative causes one to be depressed, anguished and stunts any type of creativity.

The enemy’s main attack is in our mind with thoughts and lies, hence the battlefield really  is in the mind.

He likes to whisper lies  telling us we are not worthy, not good or smart enough, not qualified, and before we know it, we begin to believe it and worse yet, act upon it.

These lies affect our emotions, way of life and cause bad habits.  It’s a chain reaction.

The enemy and his minions are trying to discourage and stunt our growth and much more.    His desire is to steal, kill and destroy anything of value to us.

Don’t believe the lie

Who do YOU think you are?

  • Do you think you will be speaking in front of a group or people, sharing your message?
  • Do you think you can start your business?
  • Do you think you can write that book?
  • Do you think you can minister effectively in wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him?
  • Do you think you can run that marathon?
  • Most of all, do you believe you can fulfill your hearts’ desire?

I trust you answered yes to at least one of these.

If you have a burning desire inside of you to fulfill your dream and calling, and nothing is happening, there may be a big hurdle to overcome.

Yourself

Perhaps you have believed the lie  you can’t,  but God says you can. He has the final say. Allow Him to surprise you.

It’s time to reverse the damage, and begin believing that you are great and you can. You are valuable to the kingdom of God, and it’s time to prove it.

Practical exercise

Take some time out and write on a piece of paper our desires, your secrets.  Remember, they will say positive things about you.      Not only write it out, but begin to say it out loud, and believe it.   As you begin proclaiming these truths, something will happen inside of you.  The programming will begin to reverse, and you will set in motion the accomplished, successful person you were meant to be.

Start casting off the negative thoughts that oppose you, and begin to fill your mind  with positive faith filled words.

Declare your own truth:  running a marathon, being an excellent father or mother, having your business, great inventor, actor, athlete.  It really is right there, in the power of your words.

How long should you do this?

Until you believe and no longer doubt that you are great and awesome.

There is great power is speaking positive affirmations over yourself.


A change will not happen overnight.  If you continue speaking positive and begin believing,  it will happen.

Being persistent will pay off  in more ways than one. Allow yourself to dream and be great.

What have you let go because of believing the lies?  It’s time to reclaim it, and take what is rightfully yours.

Steal, kill and destroy

In a recent ministry session, I was praying for a business owner. His business was not performing well, and this man felt as though he was failing as a provider for his family.

In the session, it was revealed there were demons inside and outside of his place of business causing havoc.

 

He would give his potential clients the address, and for some odd reason, these clients had trouble locating his business. They simply could not find it.

Demons are very clever at hiding a place of business or church by cloaking it, to make it invisible so it cannot be found. They even had his business sign cloaked.

As there were very little clients, this was causing stress on his marriage, and he was not providing as he would have liked for his family.

When one receives any type of ministry, I have found the place of business, church, and home are often overlooked. These places also need to be cleansed, inside and out.

The demons outside and inside the place of business for my client were whispering lies to the potential clients to not make any purchases .

In the session, the demons were removed and I have faith that his sales will increase.

Removing demons is very simple. I simply asked the Angels of the Lord to remove the demons inside and outside of the building and to escort them to the Throne of God for His righteous judgment.

Saying the prayer this way, we allow the Lord to judge the demons, and not us. I like that much better.

The enemy has a very short job description.

Steal, kill and destroy.

By hindering clients  in the business, they were trying to steal his income,which in turn would cause stress on the marriage. These guys were doing a pretty good job in fulfilling their job description.

The enemy was found stealing, and he has to restore seven fold everything stolen from my client.

The best part of this session, my client’s business will improve, he will be able to provide for his family as he would like, and his marriage will be back on track.

Jesus receives all the glory.

Have you overlooked your home, church or place of business while in prayer? If so, it’s not too late to ask the Lord to cleanse it.

Are you setting your goals?

My husband was working on an excel spreadsheet for a project he was in charge of.  When I asked what he was working on, he replied, “The Critical Path.”

pathI did not understand what this meant.  He explained the project has many particulars, and the spreadsheet helped him plan the path needed to take care of those details.
He was organizing steps required to achieve a goal in a timely and orderly fashion. He could not miss anything critical, hence the name, Critical Path.

The spreadsheet came before he started the project.

How many times have you started something without knowing what steps were needed to achieve your goal and failed?  I have many times.

While you may not use the term, Critical Path, the concept is the same.  Planning and goal setting.

What goals and plans do you have?  How are you going to accomplish those goals, and most importantly, what steps and sacrifice are you willing to make to achieve those goals?

My mindset of housewife, mother, and duty to my family began to change.  For many years I denied myself the ability to dream, and sadly I did not believe that I was worthy of anything great.

You can say I am a very late bloomer, but I bloomed! I grew up with my parents telling all six of us to finish high school, get a job and get married. In that order.

The dream of a higher education, travel and dreams were not spoken of growing up.

Then a desire began to burn inside of me I cannot shake.  I began to have goals, aspirations, a longing to travel and a hunger for reading and learning.

Goal setting, planning, and sacrifice are needed to accomplish any dream.

What are my dreams?

  • Continue with my spiritual growth.  This will never stop, as God always surprises me with something new and exciting.
  • Prayer life to grow and continue to develop.
  • A writing career.  Like my spiritual growth, this will continue to develop and grow.
  • Travel.  There are many areas of the world that I desire to visit.

I want to encourage you that it is never too late to dream. With God, nothing is impossible and yes, your goals and aspirations can be achieved.

With Jesus, our path is not critical, but a blessing. Let him guide and fill out your spreadsheet, and enjoy receiving His surprises for you.