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Monday Motivation:  Let’s Prepare for An Awesome Week!

Hey my loves!

Today is Monday, and one tag that I like checking out on Mondays is mondaymotivation.  It’s full of some awesome quotes, fitness videos, and my favorite: beautiful scriptures to uplift & comfort us during down times:-)

Once I committed myself to learning the word of God, my life totally changed!  I find so much relief when I take my eyes off my daily grind and reflect on the word, if only for a few minutes.  So I thought I’d share with you 3 of my favorite scriptures, in hopes that it will be pocket of motivation for you, to reflect on this week!  It’s definitely not my only 3 favorites or even my top 3, but these some amazingly inspiring scriptures! I hope this is helpful for you 🙂  I even included 3 quotes that I love as well

SCRIPTURES:

1. HEBEREWS 12:7

Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father?

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  • Now, I don’t have any kids, but understand, they SHALL be disciplined! lol I truly believe that when a child is allowed to run totally free, with no boundaries or guidelines at all, that child is being disserviced as far as protection goes.  As a parent, your primary job is to protect your kids, even I know that, lol! But protection involved helping them steer clear of things that they may not see as bad. Several examples are obvious in the “physical”: Parents have been known to fill a child’s plate with veggies and no sweets until it’s all gone; kids have been denied toys or TV until after the homework is done.  These are both forms of physical discipline. But God is our spiritual father, and how much more does He want the best for us than our natural parents?!  Therefore, He uses hardships and troubles to discipline us, resulting in us being stronger, more patient, and more equipped to help others dealing with the same things in the future!
  • I think we often think of hardships as punishment.  We examine out actions from the past day or few weeks, and wonder, ‘Okay, where did I mess up?!’, lol.  Although, this is certainly true in some instances, it’s not always.  God is so amazing guys, that even in his disciplining of us, He’s
    • a) merciful. It’s NEVER as bad as He could allow it to be, don’t forget this!
    • b) loving.  God is abounding in LOVE! So much so, that He wants us to grow into spiritual maturity–to grow in how strong we are against the many troubles in this life.  But we can’t grow without discipline.  Discipline is a tool used by a loving and merciful father, who wants to see us prosper:-)
2.  2 CORINTHIANS 12: 9-10

And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.

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  • This is seriously one of my favorite scriptures ever!
  • “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Wow.  What is grace? Let’s see.
    • grace is defined as: the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.  So God’s “free help” should always be enough for us.  We should look to this as our strength, as what propels us forward in this life, when we are at our very weakest!!!
    • “I would rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me”.  Amazing.  Whenever we conquer huge feats as  followers of Jesus Christ, we have to remember that our victories were by Christ’s help alone, therefore, it’s not even logical to brag on ourselves.  Some of my brightest shining moments, have happened when my life was secretly in chaos.  But I fought to believe this truth:  For His power is made perfect in my weakness.  And you must fight to believe this as well:-)
    • Our dependence on God when we are weak helps us stay humble; and only in humility will God use us and give us long lasting prosperity.
    • “Our weakness not only helps develop Christian character; it also deepens our worship, because in admitting our weaknesses, we affirm God’s strength.” (NIV Life Application Study Bible)
3. PROVERBS 16:3
Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.

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  • If we seek God with our WHOLE hearts, and trust Him to lead us in the right direction, He will ultimately establish our plans in this life.
  • I think the “committing to the Lord” part is where we all struggle, lol.  To commit our plans to God means altering our plans to be in line with what He says is true & good, not the other way around.  It’s dedicating our lives to Him and trusting that He’ll put the pieces in the right order, not us putting them in some random order, and waiting on Him to bless it, lol.
  • Committing our work to the Lord is trusting God as if everything depended on Him, yet working as if everything depended on me.  This has become a bit of a motto for me, lol.  I’m constantly reevaluating my desires and goals to make sure they’re in alignment with what will benefit the kingdom of God in the big picture.
  • This verse reminds me to bring everything before God and let it be in full submission to Him.  Meaning if the idea is realized to be selfish or wrong altogether, I have to be willing to let it go!  Because I’d much prefer the plans that God can establish for me–that foundation is unbreakable.

QUOTES:

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  1. Blessed are the cracked for they let in the light. –Groucho Marx
    • This is my favorite quote of all time.  The cracks are the result of our brokenness.  The cracks make us feel weak.  But without the cracks, how could the light come in?  Although this is not a scripture, I’ve always related this quote to my faith.  The submission of my life to Jesus, is exactly what FILLED my cracks–He IS the light 🙂  So whatever has you feeling broken, or “cracked”, don’t worship the cracks–understand that without the cracks, you would never be able to receive the light.  The light makes you whole again, always seek the light when you feel like you’re falling apart.
  2. Edit your life frequently and ruthlessly. It’s your masterpiece after all. –Nathan W. Morris
    • Never be afraid to walk away from situations or even people that no longer fit where you are or who you’ve become in life.  I’m not saying to be mean or act weird, because this statement is in assumption that you’ve changed for the better, lol.  Therefore, if you’ve become a better person, and the people or things around you are the same and even threaten your newfound lifestyle–you have to protect your peace and the state of who you are now.  No one should ever make you feel guilty for evolving & as they say: glowing up!  Your true tribe will be clapping at the glow up and inspired to become better themselves:-)
    • Edit your life, constantly!  Things, jobs, people, relationships, all of it!  And editing isn’t always ditching, it could be rekindling your interest in something, trying to get back into a hobby, but from a different perspective, taking on a different role at your job/church to give your day to day life a small twist–small edits like this are just as valuable.
  3. Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine. –Roy T. Bennett
    • Listen, I’m not one to brag, but sometimes I look over the things I’ve been brave enough to do in this little life of mine, and I’m like, ookaaayyy, I see u Lex! lol.  No seriously, once you make the decision to believe in yourself, and not look to the right or the left–but really just zero in on YOU, you won’t believe how much you can do.  There are so many things inside ALL of us, yet to be discovered, that if we took the 1st step– belief–it would blow us away.
    • Why is believing in yourself so hard? Because we’re grown now, and grown people have seen a lotta stuff.  We’ve seen people fail, go broke, lose their job, get divorced, you name it, someone has seen it. Seeing hardships can make us fearful to take chances, because we don’t wanna end up like so and so.  But 1 of the main reasons I love children so much is because of their fearlessness.  A child thinks he can do anything, lol.  He has yet to “see stuff” like the thing mentioned above, that can instill in him fear to try something new.  We have to think like the children of the world, believing that we can do anything! Because we can, if we trust the power of our own voice:-)

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I don’t know about you guys, but just writing and reviewing this has me totally hyped for a killer week! Be sure to check out the hashtag, Monday motivation, and maybe even add a quote of your own!

Not our worries, not our fears, but casting all our cares onto God, and believing in ourselves 100%.  I pray for a productive and beautiful week for you guys💜

Until next time, bye lovass💋

 

 

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Hi, I'm Alexis 💁🏾, I've been rich since 86, when I was fearfully and wonderfully made. A free spirited fitness geek, and a professional makeup artist. I'm a born and raised southern girl, living in the big apple and traveling the world. An old soul, with a lotta love to give. Here, is where I express it💜 Follow along for my adventures in the worlds of beauty, fitness, and living a Christ centered life.

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