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Are you in a season of “I Don’t Know What’s Going to Happen Next”? I’ve personally been there and done that. If that’s the season you’re in right now, get ready to SHIFT into something GREAT. As you journey through this season, stay on TRACK and don’t fight the process. God’s aligning you with great PURPOSE; therefore, receive this SHIFT with gratefulness. The process may cause slight discomfort, embarrassment, or guilt- but it has a purpose for the next chapter in your life. Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) says, “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.” I can confirm that if you stay focus, stay on course, and listen to God’s voice…you’ll SHIFT into greatness.
God knows the plans that He has for your life. He’s confident in you succeeding, but are you confident in yourself? God’s plan for your life is to prosper you not to bring you harm. When I read Jeremiah 29:11 excitement swells within me because I know that it’s not God’s will for us to wonder aimlessly without purpose. I believe God has purposefully mapped out the direction for your life, but it’s up to you to seek His presence and gain clarity as to what that purpose is in this season.
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I’ve always been a little rebel at heart that danced to my own beat. In all honesty, dancing to my own beat landed me in dark places in my life like teen motherhood at age sixteen and married to the wrong person, which caused so much public humiliation. In both instances, I wanted to “ACT” swiftly and not “LISTEN” respectfully to the word “NO” from God. In hindsight, I understand that what I truly wanted was love and attention…but I gained it negatively from the wrong people through instant gratification. Because I failed to seek God’s approval for certain wants in myself, I suffered immensely with public SHAME, financial ruin and starting over constantly. These two examples are negative shifts in my life. As a Transformation Discovery Coach™, you want to avoid negative shifts if at all possible. That’s why it’s important that you learn from past mistakes as you prepare to transition into your next chapter.
As you prepare to SHIFT, it’s vital that you:
1. Pray often.
2. Stay on course.
3. Focus daily.
4. Meditate on God’s word.
5. Change your diet by eating healthy.
6. Read daily for knowledge.
7. Stay calm.
8. Seek God’s approval.
9. Manage your stress level.
10. Get financially healthy.
Each tip can help you transition smoothly into your next chapter. The more you implement and practice good habits, the better you’ll feel as God transition you into your next season. I’m believing God for change and turn around in your life. Therefore, start preparing now for your season of change. Don’t wait until God changes your zip code, job, finances, etc., to address certain habits…start now.
Good Shifts Are Happening Now,
Leslie E. Brown
Transformation Discovery Coach™
God’s word in Matthew 11:28-30 declares, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”(NIV) Wow! Living in a season of frustration is strong enough to break a camel’s back. But as you whether the storm, do not allow the spirit of frustration to steal your love, peace, happiness or joy. It’s not God’s plan for you to feel an overwhelming sense of frustration daily. Believe it or not, God doesn’t want your heart to be troubled. Instead, He wants you to smile and live happily without the burden of frustration.
God’s plan for your life is to live life and live it more abundantly. Abundant living is peaceful living. It’s living without constant distractions. Think about it; peace should provide a comfort level that surpasses all understanding. When you establish total peace, your entire life transforms.
That’s why the devil understands that frustrating you distracts you from God’s purposeful design for your life. When the enemy bombards you with frustration; you fail to live at your fullest potential. You become short-tempered, spiteful or neglectful. That’s the plan of the enemy. He wants to distract your attention from living life at its highest peek.
Let’s dig deeper! Happiness doesn’t merely exist when you’re frustrated nor does peace permeate the atmosphere. Learn to create peace. It may sound difficult at first “creating peace”, but it’s worth the try. When you embody peace, you create an atmosphere that’s inviting to you and everyone align to you. By creating this soothing comfort zone, you begin to shut out life’s negativity.
When creating a ‘frustration-free zone’, infuse the powerful practice of gratitude. By tapping into your happy place and practicing gratitude, you learn to defuse those negative energies that attempt to consume and capsize your day. Believe me, when you’re happy, everyone around you gleans from that happiness.
In an effort to rid frustration, plan to set aside time in the mornings to meditate and give thanks. You can do this by creating a ‘frustration-free zone’ in your home. Establish a playlist of calming music, affirmations, prayers, etc. Light soft, white candles. Purchase comfy, large, colorful pillows. Sit on them in a comfortable position. Breathe deeply. Close your eyes, as you inhale and exhale. Visualize positive imagines that make you smile. Create a positive energy around you. Connect with yourself on a spiritual level and give thanks.
Trust me. You have what it takes to live life and live it more abundantly. But in order to live life peacefully, you must learn to believe that you deserve peace everyday unapologetically. This is your season to take back your life and walk in your authentic self.
Stay Calm not Frustrated,
Transformation Discovery Coach
You are not your past. This is your season to live and not hide behind your salty tears. So often in life, you may hide behind hurt words or shameful acts that hinder your growth or spiritual walk. In this season, I believe that God’s calling you to operate on a higher level. He’s calling me and you to live beyond hurt words, empty promises, or illusions that are holding me and you hostage as I’ve spoken about in my YouTube video below.
I vividly remember the first day I found out I was becoming a mom for the first time at sixteen. My tears consumed me like raging water that broke free from a vulnerable dam. My heart ached. My throat became so enlarged as if I had swallowed an entire apple. I felt numbed. I couldn’t move. I was young. I was ashamed.
For the longest time, people talked about me. My classmates, community members, and church members spoke negatively about my condition as if I was the first person ever to have a baby out of wedlock. Through all the negative talk, I distinctively recalled wanting to hear positive words of encouragement, but instead, I was left feeling ostracized.
As I continuously grow in my Christian walk today, I often think of that difficult time in my life. I think about the power of words…my words…my actions. I contemplate how those very words tarnished my heart, broke bonds and stripped me bare without ever touching me.
Daily, I think about the number of people that suffer from SHAME because they secretively live in the past. Today, I understand the power of setting myself free. It’s refreshing not living the lies of others. I won’t lie. Freedom comes at a price, and sometimes that price is walking away from negative people who attempt to hold you “emotionally hostage” concerning your past.
Therefore, as you read these words, understand that God loves you so much because He is not a ‘respector of persons’. He validates His love to you daily. He wants you to live a liberating life where you are no longer ashamed of who you are. I did it and so can you. How did I do it? I started by implementing the following proactive strategies:
1.) I was honest with myself.
2.) I forgave myself.
3.) I learned how to love myself.
4.) I set healthy boundaries.
5.) I forgave those who hurt me.
6.) I live my truth.
7.) I pray daily.
8.) I laugh a lot.
9.) I meditate.
10.) I befriend positive people.
I hope these words minister to your heart. Please share and comment. I always look forward to reading your replies. Or, if you like, drop me a personal message at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You are not your past,
Leslie a/k/a ShameNoMore
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Your transformation starts right now with the renewing of your mind. Yes. Transformation takes time, but change can happen. Roman 12:2 (KJV) says, “And be conformed to this word: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Starting today, you can live the best you. Grow from your hurt, pain, or shameful past. Stand tall. Tell yourself that you’re beautiful. Walk with confidence. Breathe.
Step #1: Be honest with yourself. You only have one life. Today you will live. You will not shrink behind the shadows of a beautiful friend, loquacious partner, tedious job, rambunctious child(ren) or social media. Instead, you will work on being honest with yourself. Ask yourself, “What do I seek to change?” Visualize your plan. Determine “why” this change is significant. Understand how the strategy “visualization” can help speed up your transformation process.
Step #2: Visualize your change. Your change starts the moment you create a mental picture in your mind. Visualization can help you gain control of your life. Daily, you must work on visualizing your success, happiness, or peace. Take control of your life. Transform your mind…starting now. If you want transformation to happen in your life, visualize it “DAILY”.
Step #3: Visualize, activate, and transform your thoughts. Locate and create a peaceful environment. Play music that’s calming if it will help you relax. Light candles. Close your eyes. Breathe slowly. Meditate. Clear your mind. Think about what you want to transform. If you are seeking a new job, visualize that job. Create positive thoughts centered around securing this new position. See your new desk. Imagine your new office. Visualize your title. Take ownership of your success. Expect an excellent salary. Consider your positive influence on others. Can’t you see your success?!
You are changing for the better. Don’t compromise. Everything you’ve been through has prepared you for this moment. You are stronger than ever. You have the tenacity to live the best you! Take time, listen to my audio download titled: Fire Equals Transformation. Remember, the moment you decide to transform your mind– that is the moment you will change your condition.
Your transformation starts now,
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You will MANIFEST your dream in 2015! No longer will you sit on the sidelines watching everyone else DREAM big and activate their dream. No longer will you think to yourself, “Hey, that should be me!” This year, you will walk it out. This year, you will work hard. This year, you will watch your words. This year, you will FEED YOUR DREAM because this year, YOUR DREAM MATTERS while you work diligently to apply three simple strategies that work…starting now.
Step #1: Cultivate your dream. In order to birth your DREAM safely in this season, you must cultivate it. Your dream needs daily maintenance. Give it proper attention. Your dream will not flourish nor survive in weak soil. Support your foundation with robust resources and strategies. Otherwise, your dream will perish.
Step #2: Speak life into your dream. Watch your words. Speak positive daily “affirmations”. Don’t allow negative words to impact your dream. Negative words can seep into your spirit and suffocate your dream. Proverbs 18:21 warns, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” Choose your words carefully, and then, align your words with realistic, actionable steps.
Step #3: Prune your dream. Your dream will not grow if you continuously hang on to old thoughts and mannerisms. Growth comes through pruning, and pruning brings forth abundance when clipped in the right season. In short, snip away parts that fail to flourish. Remember, pruning is a critical maintenance process.
Repeat Your Dream Affirmation: My Dream Is Manifesting Right Now! I believe it. I speak life into it. I see it. I feel it. I can achieve it. I start today by believing in my SUCCESS because DREAMS do come true and I will (RE)vive My Dream in 2015!
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God has a super master plan for your life. Don’t remain stuck in a rut because you’re weighed down with guilt or shame. Instead, find the power to RELEASE those negative emotions. The struggle for inner-peace is an ongoing battle, which causes significant stress. This negative emotion can often make you feel reclusive, agitated or aloof.
But as you prepare for the next four days to welcome the month of February, think positively. Take a moment and reflect. Ponder how you can invite healing and restoration into your life by releasing pent up issues from your past. The suppressing of pent up frustration, from past issues, can hinder the positive progression in your life. Remember, God wants you to live an active life where you’re happy daily—not fighting depression, low self-esteem, guilt or shame.
Step #1: Learn ‘how-to’ positively release your ‘pent up’ issues. You must RELEASE your GUILT or SHAME. Let it go. Cast your worries unto the Lord. For Philippians 4:13 (KJV) reminds us “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.” Christ will give you the power to overcome every affliction or battle that’s hindering the progression of positive growth in your life. For example, you can implement the following strategies weekly: pray, meditate, or journal. Just these three simple strategies alone can evoke peace and balance in your life. Remember, you are a child of God. God doesn’t want to see you struggle. Don’t allow GUILT or SHAME to hinder the blessings that God destined for you in 2015.
Step #2: Find relief in this season. The longer you carry those feelings of guilt or shame around, the longer you’ll battle with those ‘pent up feelings’. Do yourself a favor. Find some RELIEF. As a Christian, your peace is everything. When you’re seeking deliverance and “RELIEF” in your life, start with some simple steps:
- accept the “problem” at face value
- receive your part in the “problem”
- forgive completely
- forgive yourself wholeheartedly
- bury the issue
In life, finding RELIEF is an active strategy that will help you unwind in a healthy manner. I’ve listed several strategies above, but the primary strategy is keeping calm and accepting the “problem” at face value. For some people, it’s difficult to accept the truth because the truth hurts. If you’re feeling pain, then it means that something is wrong. Accept your part in the problem, find a solution to alleviate your pain…like forgiving the person(s) entirely, and then forgive yourself wholly, and bury the issue for good. Listen; don’t relieve the pain temporarily but permanently.
Step #3: Release the issue, find relief, or relive the test. When you’re suffering intensely with guilt or shame, oppressive battles within your mind can consume you. Don’t keep reliving a life of GUILT or SHAME. It steals your peace. That’s why it’s time to let go and let God heal all the broken pieces in this season. Let me suggest two simple strategies.
Write a letter. Address it… (Dear Hurt, Dear Pain, Dear Guilt, etc.). You get the picture. List every issue, hurt, guilt, shame, etc., which has stolen your joy and peace. Write down how and why it’s kept you captive for years. Now, tell the “issue” or “problem” why it will NO longer keep you hostage. Seal the letter. Then, locate a ‘safe’ place and burn it.
As your letter burns, walk away slowly without looking back…all the while repeating, “I AM NOT MY PAST. I WILL NO LONGER ALLOW THIS GUILT, HURT, or SHAME to consume me or steal my peace.” Do not look back, or you’ll risk the burden of reconnecting with your problem. Your life is much too valuable for that.
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Please freely “SHARE” this word. Remember, Psalm 55:22 says, “Cast they burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.” You got this…
Praying for you always, XOXO
Leslie E. Brown/ShameNoMore™
Transformation Discovery Coach
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When I woke up this morning, I started to meditate. I heard the small voice of God speaking. It’s amazing how God’s presence can change our perspective and change our entire day. Not to get too personal, but as I was preparing breakfast this morning, I felt the visitation of God. It was very strong.
First, God wants us to “COMMAND” our mornings. Take time to pray, meditate, exercise, journal, or self-reflect. These strategies can help “set” the temperament for our entire day. Daily, it’s imperative that we honor God by carving out time to converse with Him. When we fail to command our mornings by honoring God, distractions from the enemy can seep into our spirit causing physical and spiritual disruptions. When we pray, we’re equipping ourselves to withstand the blows of the enemy. Get rooted in the word when driving to work, while drinking coffee, or while sitting in bed aimlessly. Every moment that we invite God in, we willfully build a spiritual bridge that allows us to tap into God’s purpose for our lives. His word daily is food to our souls and nourishment for our bodies.
Next, God doesn’t want us to compromise. We must stand strong, and we cannot compromise our well-being in this season. Stay focus; stay mentally healthy; stress-free, and guilt-free. I must be honest; I use to compromise myself for the sake of fitting in with others. But as I continually grow in Christ, God reminds me to stand on His word as a guide for my life as noted in Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) where it is written that God has a plan for our lives. It’s not to harm us, but these plans are to prosper us so that we’ll have hope as He guides and directs us into our future. Therefore, we must stop compromising our peace. Remember, God doesn’t function in dysfunction. He’s a man of order. That’s why it’s important that we build a relationship with God and that we converse with Him daily as we “Command Our Mornings.”
Then, God wants us to trust HIM!!! I believe that God’s building our FAITH in this season. He’s building our faith with various test and trials. Through these various test and trails, God is causing us to exercise our faith and depend totally on him. For it is written in Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV), “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
Finally, God’s working a miracle in our lives. Let’s stay strong and not sway from God when situations start to look weary. Remember, God is watching during the test; he’s just quiet as He conducts an evaluation of our hearts and reactions to see if we’re walking by “faith” or walking by “sight”.
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