Resist Apathy – Read the Promises of God

   Feeling empty inside, feeling powerless and stuck,  no passion for life, no  direction, spiritually empty, feeling ordinary, feeling alone and no relief from the relentless demands from family, financial stress and unexpected setbacks?  These emotional states are dangerous signs indicating you need help, resiliency, relief, restorative prayer, purpose and hope. When life is not moving the way you wish and your discouragement is turning into indifference and your faith has turned into “What’s the useI don’t care anymore”…. that is apathy… a cancer in the mind.

     When I feel myself slipping into a “whatever” state of mind, an alarm goes off in my head and spirit.  The alarm is snapping me out of the dark and heavy feelings.  The spirit of the living God within me sometimes whispers and sometimes nudges me to get up.  I’m reminded that I am not being punished…but pushed to a greater level of faith, courage, action, understanding and strength.

Your apathetic thoughts can take you in the wrong direction.  Turn them around.  Fight for your life.  Shift happens and life can change without your permission.  Get your joy back.  Bounce back. You’ve come to far to give up now.

Navigate your way to a new path of encouragement, restoration, courage, purpose, focus and action. Be flexible and adapt.  Learn from your past.  Communicate with those who are critical to your turnaround. Count your blessings.  Exercise, walking and any kind of body movement will help you.  Listen to some inspiring music or inspirational personal development CD messages.  Call a friend.  Open up the windows.  Shake the dust off your feet.  Distance yourself from the people who bring drama and negativity into your life.  Study God’s word and promises.  Feed your faith by reviewing the following promises of God…

” Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3: 5,6

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11

So do not fear for I am with you, do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.  Isaiah 41:10

For nothing is impossible with God. Luke 1:37

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.  Matthew 11:28-29

He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youth will become weak and tired,and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.  They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.  Isaiah 40:29-31

And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Proverbs 1:33

But all who listen to me will live in peace, untroubled by fear of harm.”  John 14:27

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. Romans 10:9

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1

by Jewel Diamond Taylor, aka “The Success Navigator.”

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F.A.I.T.H. – Change the channel

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  It is fruitless to blame, wait or just hope change will happen in your life.   You will either make positive changes in your life from pain or pleasure. Change yourself becauselife does not come with a remote control. Change is a process.  Change the channel in your mind from “poor me” to “I can do it.”  Change the channel from doom and gloom to optimism.  Change the channel from lack and limitation to possibilities.  Turn down the volume of negative and limiting thoughts and turn up the volume of “Ain’t no stoppin’ me now.”

 this is an excerpt from the book “I’m Tired But Still Inspired to Press On”

      Change can be beneficial to your well-being.  Think about those areas in your life of pain, frustration, regrets and desires. Now make a decision and follow up with action to begin making changes.  Say out loud… “If it’s going to be…it’s up to me.”

 F.A.I.T.H.

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You may not see right now how you’re going to make it another day.  Depend on God.  You may not understand why people can’t or won’t always be there for you when you’re going through bad times.   When you are tired, remain inspired by God’s word…  “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;” ~ Proverbs 3:5

When God is Silent

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“Do you remember taking tests in school and/or college?  Do you remember how quiet the room was?  Do you remember how the teacher would seat quietly at his/her desk saying nothing!  Did your teacher ever walk around the room looking over the shoulders of the students to see how they were doing?  Do you remember sitting in your seat staring at the problem feeling stuck, stupid, stressed, overwhelmed and unprepared?  Did you ever think to yourself, “This test is unfair?”

I believe as adults we have tests of life.  We are all students at the “The University of Adversity.” Our honesty is tested.  Our loyalty is tested.  Our faith is tested.  Our patience is tested.  Our character is tested.  Our love is tested. Our leadership and parenting are tested.  Our marriages are tested.  Our promises and commitments are tested.  Our compassion for others is tested. Our self-control is tested.  Our ability to let go and move forward is being tested.  Our ability to forgive is being tested.  Our self-esteem is tested.  Our trust in God is tested.  I think that maybe God is quiet and watching to see if we are prepared and ready.

You may be going through a test right now and thinking God is silent and forsaking you.  You may be sitting in life’s waiting room waiting for a breakthrough. The silence maybe frightening (i.e. what will I do?…help me God…I don’t know the answer!).  God’s word says, “Be still and know that I AM God.”  I think we give up too soon when are going through a test of our faith.  Our mind plays tricks on us and we think we are all alone and that God does not care or God is taking too long to help us figure out our mess and our problems.  God is watching.  Don’t give up.  Pass your test of endurance, faith and temptation.  Do the right thing.  You are smarter than you think.”

Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. (James 1:2-12)

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Today’s Monday Motivation message is an excerpt from the CD “The 12 Seats in God’s Waiting Room”  by Jewel Diamond Taylor

FaithLift Exercise

    “Your stress and past hurts can be compared to a weight barbell. Imagine yourself lying on your back and having a heavy barbell placed on your chest.
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     Do you become strong by allowing it to stay on your chest? No! You become strong when you push it up and away from you.

      Your faith works the same way as your arms. Your faith becomes stronger when you push the trial away from you, not when you allow the trial to stay on you.

       Don’t allow your mind and spirit to be crushed by the weight of your stress or the pain from your past.  Constant stress and internal emotional pain will have a heavy toll on your body, mind, health, relationships, job performance, joy and spirit.  When you find yourself faced with  insurmountable obstacles, pain, trauma, tragedy, or loss…push.  Lift your head and exercise your faith.  Lift the weight of depression, worry, panic, anger, pessimism and fear. Exercise your personal power to speak life into your circumstances.  Exercise your mind to seek solutions and peace.  Exercise your physical  body.   Reduce the impact of your stress with movement, breathing, a sense of humor, prayer, meditation, good rest, healthy food, drinking water and daily health supplements.

       Practice “safe stress”.  Just as weight lifting builds muscle.  A faith lift builds confidence, peace and trust in the Lord.  Let God be the LIFTER of your head… click here to listen to my inspirational pick.” ~ Jewel Diamond Taylor

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Mind Body Spirit Connection

The mind, body and spirt are one.  What your mind thinks affects your cells.  Your emotions are triggered by what you think and the level of your faith.  Your body is the host vessel for the Holy Spirit.  As you grow in any of your tri-dimensions, it affects your total well-being.  This principle has been the cornerstone of my teaching.  I refer to my speaking style and approach as a wholistic one.  1. Biology (body) helps us to understand our bodies (i.e. nutrition, generational disease like alcoholism, diabetes, exercise, stress, etc.).  2. Psychology (mind), which was my major in college, helps us to understand perception, cognition, attention, emotion, motivation, brain functioning, personality,behavior, and interpersonal relationships, childhood, trauma, shame based issues, addictions, coping skills, attitude, choices, habits, etc.  Spirituality (study of God) helps us to build awareness, connection, gratitude, wonder, curiousity, honor and relationship with our Creator.  3. Spirituality is the revelation of the mystery and miracle of God around, through and in our lives and environment.  Spirituality is studying universal laws and the omnipresence of God who loves us.  Spirituality for me is about developing a relationship with the Divine, not a religion.  Study and practical application of Jesus teaches the way to live with compassion, restoration, forgiveness, mercy, grace, love for one another, serving humanity, to die to our selfish desires/ego/pride, suffering rising above our haters, persecutors and giants and posessing peace in the midst of our storms.

My perspective and style of teaching is what I call “SpiritPsyBio”, an integration of pursuing a better awareness and power by connecting the dots of the Spirit, our mind and our bodies.  I do my clients and audiences a big dis-service if I only address one dimension of their life.  I don’t separate, I integrate all three…mind, body and spirit.  I strive everyday through action, thought, words, gratitude and focus to align my mind with the divine.

I learned that it is difficuilt to motivate someone to change their self-destructive habits of procrastination, addiction, anger, depression or crime if I don’t seek to understand their psyhological damage, mindset or maladaptive coping skills to survive because of poverty, lack of education, family dysfunction, racism, addictions, peer pressure or media messages.  As a minister, giving the word of God to someone sick in their body or psychologically wounded will not be enough for their breakthrough.  The whole person must be healed.  I can’t inspire someone to have more faith in God if I don’t address their line of thinking (brain).  Dr. Gershon, coined the term “second brain” in 1996.  He is one of a number of researchers who are studying brain-gut connections.  The brain controls behavior.  Butterflies in your stomach (gut) rise when the brain sends a message of anxiety to the gut, which sends messages back to the brain that it’s unhappy. But the gut has been referred to as your second brain.  Your gut is where you have feelings, nervous, lonely, happy or depressed.  Your stomach (gut) dictates your mood and appetite.  95% of all serotonin in the body is in the gut, where it triggers digestion. Nerve cells in the gut also use serotonin to signal back to the brain. This information can train us not to eat certain foods by communicating pain, gas and other terrible feelings.  Just like the brain in your head, “gut brain” is also able to learn, remember, and produce emotion-based feelings.  We really do have feelings in our gut.  Our two brains communicate back and forth via a major nerve trunk extending down from the base of your brain all the way down into your abdomen. Because of this, your two brains directly influence each other.  When one brain becomes upset, the other joins right in.

If someone has body image issues or poor eating habits, I must start there before challenging them to build up their self-esteem.   I can’t motivate someone to write a book or start their business if they lack faith and don’t believe they were born on purpose with a purpose.  If someone lacks faith, it can affect the outcome of their surgery, marriage, business venture or ability to speak up in an abusive relationship, or buy their dream car or home.  Anything is possible with faith in God and action.

The achievement of success and progress in your life will be determined by the level of your faith, the health of your body and the thoughts you think.  Who you love, what you think, feel, eat, believe and do creates the life you live negatively or positively.  Your stress, relationships, emotions, lack of sleep, poor diet and lack faith can be the root for your illnesses, procrastination, depression, or drama. It is a fact that nearly 90% of diseases that afflict humans are self-induced.  You are a whole being.  So I teach and motivate the whole person.  As a personal success life coach offering one-on-one phone counseling, my approach is SpiritPsyBio.  I’m interested in your wellness by integrating what I have experienced and studied about Spirituality, Psychology and Biology.

Where and with whom do you place your faith?  Are you willing to be transformed by the renewing of your mind?  Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired?  Call me 323.964.1736 or e-mail JewelMotivates@gmail.com

Let Hope Feed Your Soul

The definition of HOPE is to look forward to with desire and reasonable confidence…the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best.

Hope is the feeling you have that the feeling you have isn’t permanent. ~ Jean Kerr

If you’ve destroyed a man’s hope, you’ve destroyed the man. ~ John du Plessis

There is no worse death than the end of hope.~ Pelagius

One who has health has hope, and one who has hope has everything. ~ Arabic Proverb

Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.~ Psalm 1:24

Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come.  You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up. ~ Anne Lamott

I have put my hope in your word. ~ Psalm 119:74

Hope dies last but is first to be resurrected from the ashes.~ Leonid S. Sukhorukov

Hope is the poor man’s bread. ~ George Herbet

Fear can hold you prisoner.  Hope can set you free. ~ The Shawshank Redemption

Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible and achieves the impossible. ~ Charles Caleb Colton

If it were not for hopes, the heart would break. ~ Thomas Fuller

There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off. ~ Psalm 23:18

If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream. ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

Our ancestors had hope for freedom.   Our President Obama had the audacity to hope.    Every time I’m at the end of my rope… I still have hope. ~ http://www.DoNotGiveUp.net

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