My Word for 2016 is Breakthrough

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Mother, wife, sister, friend, writer / blogger / creative organizer, budding photographer... These are just a few of the many hats I juggle each day. I believe creativity is oxygen for the soul. I created Live In Color blog to celebrate the beauty in every moment, from faith to inspiration and motherhood.And it is soon becoming Pray with Our Feet blog which will focus on the intersection of faith and activism. Follow the inspiration on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/praywithourfeetblog/
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I grew tremendously in the spirit this year, friends. Bible verses I casually read or heard my parents mention are now daily staples, posted on doors and various rooms around my house. 

Devotional time, once a sporadic practice, is now a lifeline and grounding force. Struggle does this to us. It urges connection with something greater than ourselves. I choose to seek God and faith.

2015 challenged us to expand in novel ways as we sought healing for our family, both spiritual and physical. You see, when you work side by side, with your child, helping them overcome speech delay and sleep issues, God teaches you, within each moment, about unconditional love, patience, and relentless endurance. Suddenly small stuff is inconsequential. Who cares about a traffic jam? 

You begin to live in a state of gratitude for blessings, both grand and small. Words become audible miracles. What others take for granted you celebrate. 

A few months ago we took our daughter to the Healing Room for prayer. Afterwards, we stood outside in the crisp autumn air, as she played. A young woman I never met walked up to me, her coca-brown face filled with joy. And I will never forget what she quickly shared: “I don’t know you. I don’t know your daughter, but I have been praying for you since you all arrived. I heard one word while I was praying: breakthrough. God is going to give your daughter and your entire family a breakthrough!”

Oh how my tears flowed. Wow. Breakthrough. I rolled the word over and over in my mind as I hugged my Mom excitedly. Oh friends, inmoments of doubt and despair I hold on to that word from God, delivered by a young woman I never met. 

Breakthrough. This is my word for 2016. Each year I select one. Well, this year, God reminded me to be guided by the spirit for this word.  My heart is full with gratitude and joy for what is to come. 

Ever chosen a word for the year? Excited about 2016? Tell me why! 

Redirecting Energy

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“Wherever you are your mind put you there.”
– Carolyn Malachi, “Free Your Mind”

Life is often described as a circle, as we move through various stages, but it need not become an endless cycle. Recently a friend and I were discussing our frustration with a situation when she reminded me about the importance of redirecting energy. “Imagine what you are capable of if you shift all of this energy towards your dreams.”

I define the redirection of energy as a transformation of focus – instead of continuing to dwell in misery, shift towards promise and solutions. Frequently, when faced with dilemmas, we must ask this question: “What is the solution?”

This takes practice, and consistently managing our inner dialogue, as complaining comes naturally, but beginning those concrete steps toward change is arduous.

Become unrepentant in your will and
determination, accept responsibility for this current situation. Only when we become clear about our present, are we able to envision our future. Dr. Wayne Dyer’s powerful film, The Shift, asks viewers to consider a novel kind of movement in our lives, releasing the chase of status and embracing deeper meaning and service to others.

Redirecting energy is possible, and it begins now, in this moment, with us.

Here is how you can begin the shift:

1. Prayer & Mediation – I begin all of my solutions on this blog because without communication with God and quiet mediation, our minds remain scattered.

2. Replace the Language – Instead of saying “I’m tired of this” say “I’m focused on_________ (whatever the solution is for you).

3. Visualize – Visualize your victory! Close your eyes, slow the breathing, and visualize your intention.

4. Get out Your Pen – Write out that plan, begin with numbers if it helps. Define what redirecting energy means for you in major areas of life – health, career, relationships, etc.

Please share how you are redirecting energy in your life.

Speak to your Mountains

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Everyone of us is living with a mountain, a significant hurdle or obstacle. Where we differ is attitude. Does the mountain embolden you, fueling determination to rise above it, or stifle progress?

The bible says “As a man thinketh, so is he.” The genesis of progress evolves first within our minds, therefore the messages we tell ourselves internally have far reaching implications.

Begin speaking to your mountains – break down those pernicious obstacles one by one, instead of saying “I can’t” declare defiantly “I can.” As a child sometimes I would grow frustrated with small things, mumbling to myself, “I can’t do this,” and my father, in his encouraging way would say: “Take the word can’t out of your vocabulary.”

Affirmations might be dismissed by some as a “new-age hippie” panacea for lack of confidence, but immense power lies in the words we repeat to ourselves.
According to noomii, the professional coach directory using affirmations, defined as “words or phrases that evoke a positive state of mind,” is an age-old practice which is also rooted in science, also known as neuro-linguistic programming, essentially training your mind.

So, the next time negativity and self-depreciating thoughts spring forward push them back with affirmations and visualize yourself overcoming your dilemma with phrases such as:

Obstacles are opportunities in disguise.

There is nothing I cannot accomplish.

The word “can’t” does not belong in my vocabulary.

I am worth the life I seek.

My dreams can become a reality.

Let’s move mountains together. What affirmations will you begin saying daily?