The Saviour you need, not the Saviour you want

Christ has risen giving us victory over death today. Because of Christ sacrifice, we are given eternal life and a million second chances. While many of us know these basic facts, how many of us are readily available to admit God’s way is right in face of temptations we face and when our plans are frustrated? I know I need a lot of help in admitting Gods right only because I get what I need from God confused with what I want from God.

What we want and what we need are vastly different. This contrast is heavily seen when it comes to our prayer life.  Praying without ceasing can become ineffective if we treat our prayer time as rubbing a genie’s lamp. God is not granting wishes, He’s transforming us into His holy likeness which means we are denied the easy way every time. Praying for strength in our spiritual character means we will face situations to practice a skill we don’t possess.  

Think of it this way, we don’t grow when life is easy or when we get everything we want. Influences of the world around us make it harder because easy has become the goal for daily life. Easy commutes, easy ways to pay, easy ways to search… the list continues. As followers of Christ, we are called to a higher standard of living. We walk a narrow path that cleaves the unnecessary dead weight we don’t need to make room for the great blessings God has promised His people if they will abandon their way of life to following His footsteps.

Daily Challenge: Read the passages you do read normally, but read them as they are with no devotional tone. Allow the scripture to reveal who Christ really, not who you’ve been told He is or think He is. Or how you wish He were. Meditate and pray for God to reveal Himself to you.

Blessings and Peace :)- Randa!

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s That Smell-My Morning Meditation

Mediation is joy and the ways to feel such joy depends on the practitioner. I like sound when I can’t turn my mind off, yet I’ve been captivated by scent and not sound. Since discovering my inner tea lover just the smell of black tea is all I need to transport me to a safe place. Each morning can just mesh with the day, no real start just that I woke up. That changed this past week as I discovered the value of silence.

Getting up early is a chore I’ve struggled with my whole life yet has a higher value now. At 6:30 I get my tea ready and while it steeps I let myself ignore the clock, the fact I have to be at work soon and generate a mental barrier between me and the world. For 30 minutes it’s me accompanied by golden silence. Once I begin to drink the tea I focus on my breath emptying my mind to create a clean slate for the busyness of the day ahead.  Reading my devotional bible I use this time to pray seeking guidance for the day. Just this much “me time” is enough. This is my meditation practice now. I wonder what changes await me in the next evolution?

However you mediate, celebrate your journey by giving into what gives you joy! Walk and meditate, journal and mediate; use essential oils, sit in the sun… whatever moves you.

Let me know how your practice has grown in the comments or on any of my social media links! I would love to hear from you.

Blessing and Peace-Randa 🙂

Separate to Grow Closer

Separation anxiety affects mostly children yet teens up to age 18 (about 4-5 percent) can suffer as well. This type of anxiety is described as different” from normal clinginess. Children with the disorder can’t think about anything but the present fear of separation. They may have nightmares or regular physical complaints. ”  I’m sure each of us has experienced the panic or have had pets who made us furious because of their anxiety (separation anxiety can affect pets). However, I challenge you to re-think what separation anxiety means in your own life. What or who is keeping you from growing?  What lifestyle choices always pull up back in? Maybe it’s time to learn to separate and see you can stand on your own two feet.

As stated in a previous post, I know soda is bad for me.I’ve separated myself, but withdraw is painful. What comes to mind when you think about an area of your own life where you need to separate but pain will be involved? Sadly, our tribe, as its said nowadays, is a sum of who are or want to become. Thus, it pays to be careful who has access to your emotional currency and time. Both can bankrupt you when relationship boundaries are not clear. Separation is the answer for both parties to establish or reinforce boundaries if this is the case. Taking time out of the relationship does not mean your done, it means you care enough about the other person to work on yourself. To heal mentally from past damage to create a stronger relationship when reunited. As a disclaimer: I am not an expert but this method has worked for me in the past. Let prayer be your guide on any decision. 

Removing obstacles in our way to an abundant life using separation reveals true motivation hidden in our decision-making processes and lifestyle choices.  While researching for this post, I discovered I suffered from separation anxiety as a child when I thought I just loved my dad that much. Which is strange because we never really got along. A classic example of reveling true motive is with eating. Food becomes a place of comfort, not nourishment making the root of weight gain a distorted attitude toward food, not gluttony. The movie Tron: Legacy has a quote that sums up why  separating ourselves isn’t a punishment, but a retreat: “Take yourself of the equation.”  This means our answers to our problem is to separate from our regular pattern, to voluntarily take a step back. Again, we’re not giving up we’re trying to fix what is wrong- become objective. Be open to getting advice from trusted sources and pray about the areas we may have contributed to our own misery.

I haven’t met one person who enjoys being miserable and I’m sure you don’t want to be either. So in closing, I encourage you to “take yourself of the equation.” Create distance from what troubles you to get a battle plan together. I understand with people it can be hard to do so in that case, go on a weekend trip or visit family you haven’t seen in a while who can help you decide what to do next. You don’t have to spend 40 years in a desert to change your life. Embrace your anxiety to root out why blank causes you to be abnormally fearful of making changes. What has running gotten you that facing down your inner demons won’t? Distance will feel lonely but take comfort that no distance can separate from the love of Christ.

Blessings and Peace- Randa 🙂 

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Escaping Discouragement

Ever feel like a crazy guy living in a bomb shelter thinking the government is out to get him? This is how I see being discouraged: trapped and paranoid. Allowing these feelings to persist taints everyday life keeping us from progressing into our best selves. Although discouragement is a natural part of life not taking action to snap out of a trapped mindset will keep us in the bomb shelter.  And just like a doomsday prepper, gear up mentally and physically to fight off the evil effects of discouragement.

Realize your part in the discouragement

A pattern is great for a skirt or fancy suit, but knowing our personal patterns on how we deal with discouragement is crucial. No matter how tempting it is to say “It’s not my fault!” we do have a role in allowing discouragement set in. Maybe jumping into a challenge we know were not ready for at work, getting back with an ex who hurt us, or giving unmerited advice to a friend. Think back to a time when a habit caused you to be discouraged when the outcome wasn’t what you expected. Better yet, what habits caused someone you love to be discouraged because of how you responded or not responded.

Start a list of what is right in your world

List everything that encouraged you from past experience, inspiring quotes and verse’s, and awards you’ve won. Any event or memory that uplifts you. Recite God’s promises regarding what has discouraged you out loud as to dispel bad energy. I do this by thinking about what I have accomplished and what has happened in my favor. My favorite verses to say out loud is who God says I am, not who I say I am.

Don’t Dwell, Get Moving

Take a walk, do yoga, anything that gets you physically moving: STOP thinking about your discouragement! Focusing on your discouragement will lead to rapid growth of a virus programmed to halt your progress of becoming who God made you to be. Have a to-do list you’ve been avoiding? A bathroom needing cleaning? Start there! By completing your to-do list you have a whole list of positive achievements to focus on. Using active movement manifests in the spiritual world a weapon of mass destruction to breaks deadly chains. 

What methods do you use to prop yourself up? Let me know in the comments below.

Blessing and Peace-Randa 🙂

How Finding Truth Leads to Great Peace

 

Can you recall any damaging words that loop like a clip on a security camera in your mind? What about some decisions still digging into your soul refusing to let you have peace?Combine those words and those decisions create an identity of who we believe we are.  The truth is an identity rooted in our past, which we can do nothing about, destroys our true identity. It ties us up in knots until we decide to start restoring ourselves each day  by making  choices we can be proud of. Begin the war to reclaim your true nature, who God made you to be.

In 1st Peter ch.2 verse 10 it says we who believe and have accepted Christ as the Son of God belong to Him. I understand that not all people have accepted Christ, yet all of us still have a not so rosy identity we cling too. Even believers in Christ can’t  see themselves in a positive light until God’s truth sinks in. Practice with me today as we meditate away those knots of lies that distort how we identify ourselves.Meditation is a tool to generate healing since it originates with a personal decision to practice.

Universe Meditation

Offer a prayer for courage to overcome a negative identity or just one aspect depending on what is most sensitive. As you breathe evenly envision space expanding before you.  Keep the eyes open with a soft gaze or close the eyes if you feel more comfortable. When you are ready, picture yourself floating in that expanding universe.

Continue to see yourself floating and grab your journal or notepad. On one side write down what you believe about yourself, thoughts that always bring you down. It can be a list or short paragraph. Then, on the other side write down the opposite of what you just wrote. Each truth becoming a healing light in your universe, a star being born to light up the darkness! For example, “I am a failure because I can’t multitask well.” (Lie) vs. I am a detailed oriented person who loves to do the job right the first time by making sure each step is perfect.” (Truth).  For each aspect, search for the truth underneath what holds you back from living the abundant life you can have.

Finish with a prayer of thanks that God is accessible and cares about helping us find the truth. Sit for a few breathes to let these truths sink in allowing time for a heavenly response. Thank you for taking time of your day to invest in yourself, be blessed!

Living in truth can be hard because we grow stagnant in our negative ways of thinking- a sense of hopelessness sets in. I encourage you to never give up fighting for truth since your life matters and who are is your personal brand for others to see. Let that brand be world class, let it be a brand to inspire life-giving decisions leading to fewer regrets. Be proud of the unique gifts given to you so the world is better off than when you came in (Philippians 2:17).

Blessings and Peace-Randa 🙂

Holy Noise

Sitting in simple silence we can access divine connection leading us to freedom. Some meditators will agree 100% with this and others, like myself, will testify that music layers well with divine connection. Any style of mediation  is enhanced when paired with music to help aide  in giving birth to a way of thinking, behaving,  or reacting. As an example, in high school I took karate but hated sparing in front of the class  out of fear of looking stupid. Before class one day I allowed the sound of a rushing river to calm my nerves and began to  “see” myself executing each move with confidence. That  night the teacher commented, “That one remembers what she was taught!”  If your curious how music can help your practice I found a few musical sources to guide you as you begin to layer music with divine connection.

Chilltrax.com

When you don’t feel up to a dance party there is the slower side of EDM where you can relax in your personal trance lounge.  Chilltrax is one of the best sources for meditation since the station is listener supported with no commercials to interrupt like other sources. A mash of remixed EDM, trance, dubstep, and alternative to delight any who hear. Download  Danz Waves on IOS and Android for a zen experience.

Relax Melodies (App)

Truly this app embodies layering! Try a mixture of different sounds that can be combined with a guided meditation for sleep or just centering yourself.  You can even set a timer in the app when for how long to meditate for-very easy to use. I love to use this app on lunch breaks for a short  mediation to re-charge after dealing with job stresses.   You can upgrade to pro for more sounds and mediations. I would encourage thinking about upgrading as the app does provide quality  guided meditations on lucid dreaming, visual meditation, shutting out distraction and more!

Sound Cloud Profiles (Noisy Meditations, Relaxdaily, Zen Music)

Just like chilltrax, these three Sound Cloud profiles have a slow EDM feel, yet offers more with album like access to a full CD of meditation music. All free with some ads that play after a song or two. Love the way each selection has theme: space, nature, water, trance, middle eastern, spa, and jazz. A meditation sample for whatever mood you are in and for whatever intention you are seeking to put into your life.  Relaxdaily’s profile has a track for various purposes like studying, motivation, and yoga to just name a few- worth it to look him up! Just hit play allowing smooth sounds to penetrate into your meditation space where you’re changing your life one intention, one prayer to God at a time.

Have a favorite source for meditation music? Let me know in the comments below! I would love to hear from you.

Musical Meditation

Try mediating with your eyes open looking at a scenic picture.  See where you fit  into that scene, who you are, what are you doing there.

Using soft music let it play in the background while you begin to inhale/exhale evenly. Each deep inhale brining you closer to your intention, to what you’re praying for, to your heavenly father.

Take however long you need, but when you are ready to leave record in your journal if you felt a difference incorporating  sight as well as sound into todays mediation. Did the music distract you? Having your eyes open immerse you more fully into your intention instead just the silent darkness?

Taking this time learning to listen in our noisy world doesn’t mean we don’t hear, it means we become selective and tune out those voices spouting nonsense and values we know to be false. God in the old testament made music a priority going so far as to provide food for singers at the temple. Choirs sang out in worship of God’s glory and the temple goers chimed in at great volumes that were heard far away (Nehemiah 12:27-47). Music was given to us a way to communicate and as a blessing- a holy noise- so this year tune out the false noise  and tune in to the holy noise of Gods great choirs. Feel free to join in. 

Blessings and Peace- Randa:)

How to Make Meditation not Boring

blog-postIs your meditation  practice is putting you to sleep? Don’t think your not  any good or give up. Remember, every healthy lifestyle habit gets old. Encourage yourself by referring back to your journal to  keep you accountable and reignite that spark; recall those Aha! Moments. For ideas on keeping your practice alive keep reading. Also leave a  comment below how you spice up your practice, I’d love to hear from you!

  • Guided Meditations or  Audio Devotionals

If silence is  becoming louder than the atom bomb or you need a jumping board try audio mediations. I love to use these when I’m not able to sleep and my brain won’t stop screaming at me about the task awaiting me tomorrow. An audio guide is perfect because there are hundreds on any topic you want. Also, most guided meditations are free-try Youtube, Podcast, and apps.

  •  Start with Exercise

Sometimes sitting down to meditate first only increases our unspent energy. Go for a run, try vinyasa yoga, or lift weights to create room for calm reflection. Even combine yin yoga with your meditation so you get the benefit of stretching while centering you mind. I find moving meditations to be great ways to relax after working all day or on the weekends when I have more time since in yin yoga you are holding poses longer.

  • Invite Family and Friends to Join

Life is better when we can share our experiences with others, so why not share our meditation practice? Teach mom, dad, partner, and friends how mediation has helped you. Think of it as a way to bond.

  • Tea Infusion

  Hand mudras and their meanings can be a hassle if all you can think about if  your pinkie is where it should be. Tea is the fix you need: using a tea mug that has lid is ideal as burning yourself is not fun. Use a tea that has a scent that wakes you up and at night to help you sleep is a great way to combine two healthy habits.

  • Any combination of the above!

I pray this gives some ideas and I look forward to hearing some of your own.

Merry Christmas!- Randa 🙂