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Fear Meets Faith …. Now What?

Good morning, good day, and all that other good jazz. If you visited me two days ago you will have read a very transparent post in where I shared what’s been going on in my life over the past three years. The way it ended however bothered me. I felt like I wasn’t doing a much as I could (from a Christian standpoint) to offer specific tools to overcome and fight fear. Well below is one of the tools that I have personally used recently in combination with my normal bible/prayer time.

What is it Joc?

It’s a list of declarations to help you focus and center your attention on God whenever problems begin to overwhelm you or fear tries to seep into your day. Around the summer of 2016, I came across a testimonial video of this guy named Tony Kell who experienced anxiety to the point he didn’t leave his house out of fear something bad would happen to him. In the video, he discussed that as an alternative to anxiety medication, he decided to take some sound advice and try fighting anxiety in the spirit. I saved the video to one of my Youtube playlists and began listening to it whenever I would feel that “feeling” creeping up again.

To my delight, as I have been growing after my bad experience, so has he; even going so far as to make videos to document what has helped him and how he is living differently than he did when he allowed fear to rule his life. One of the things he recently did was offer to email any who wanted it a list of declarations that he uses daily.

Now of course I’d already consulted my mother (who is a minister) and my pastor, but it never hurts to have more ways to get your mind set on victory! I sent him a message and within a couple of hours, the list below was in my inbox. I printed 3 copies off and keep 1 in my purse, 1 in my desk at work, and 1 to have around the house. You don’t have to do the same thing, but I’m telling you, just like those sisters learned to read in The Color Purple, having God’s Word before you helps it to stick! Having ANYTHING before you helps it stick! As a matter of fact, a ton of personal stuff has been going on in my life and last night  I had a moment. With the snow storm blasting through the state and being inside with my thoughts while looking after my grandmother, things started to (unconsciously) weigh on me and I felt myself slowly becoming overwhelmed. If you have EVER had a panic attack, it is NOT the bee’s knees. If you can stop it before it comes — GREAT! As a matter of fact, that is exactly what I did when I started feeling pressure building up in my chest and my senses tingling and my fingers becoming numb — it was then I remembered this list in my purse and whipped it out!

I began reading down the list (even though I didn’t immediately feel a difference) and it seemed as though the more I read (when I began) the stronger fear began to set it. So I kept reading it like I was looking right at the fear/devil that was trying to overwhelm me and got mad! Cape on the back SUPA mad. By the time I read the list the second time through I was calm.

No meds, just Word.

If you need counseling get it. If you HAVE to take meds, take them. BUT know that that alone won’t “cure” you of your anxiety and overload. You have to attack the root of the trouble and that’s done in the spiritual realm. Having spiritual weapons powering the natural weapons, the natural weapons are much more effective.

Blessings, Joc

I DECLARE AND DECREE

IN THE NAME OF JESUS:

 

-I REFUSE TO WORRY

-I REFUSE TO FEAR

-I DO NOT FEAR AND WILL NOT FEAR

-I WILL WALK IN PEACE

-I HAVE PEACE IN MY HEART

– I HAVE THE MIND OF CHRIST

-I’M CALM

-I WILL GET GOOD SLEEP

-I WILL WAKE UP REFRESHED

-I WILL WAKE UP RENEWED

-I WILL NOT GIVE UP

-I CAN DO THIS

-I’M COURAGEOUS

-I’M BRAVE

-I’M STRONG

-I WALK IN PEACE

-I WILL OVERCOME THIS

-I WALK BY FAITH AND NOT BY SIGHT

-I’M A VICTOR AND NOT A VICTIM

-I’M ABOVE AND NEVER BENEATH

-I’M THE HEAD AND NOT THE TAIL

-THE LORD WILL RESTORE ME

-I HAVE A SOUND MIND

-I HAVE A PEACEFUL MIND

-I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO GIVES ME STRENGTH

-I WAS NOT BORN WITH A SPIRIT OF FEAR BUT A SPIRIT OF LOVE, POWER, AND A SOUND MIND

-I HAVE DOMINION OVER MY THOUGHTS AND I THINK GOOD THINGS ABOUT MYSELF IN JESUS NAME

-I HAVE POWER AND AUTHORITY OVER THE DEVIL AND DEMONS AND THEY ARE SUBJECT TO ME

-I HAVE THE PEACE OF GOD OVERFLOWING IN EVERY AREA OF MY LIFE

-I AM NOT AFRAID OR ANXIOUS – I AM STRONG, I AM AT PEACE, I AM AN OVERCOMER

-THIS TOO SHALL PASS

-I AM FREE BECAUSE THOSE THE LORD SETS FREE ARE FREE INDEED, SO I AM FREE!

-NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST ME SHALL PROSPER

-I’M BLESSED AND HIGHLY FAVORED

-SOMETHING GOOD IS GOING TO HAPPEN TO ME

-MY BEST DAYS ARE OUT AHEAD OF ME

-I HAVE THE LOVE OF GOD IN MY HEART AND PERFECT LOVE CASTS OUT FEAR

-THIS HAS TO GO IN JESUS NAME AND I WILL NEVER DEAL WITH IT AGAIN

-THE LORD WILL NEVER LEAVE ME NOR FORSAKE ME- HE IS WITH ME ALWAYS

-THE LORD WILL NOT ALLOW MORE THAN WHAT I CAN HANDLE – SO I CAN HANDLE THIS AND -I’M COMING OUT STRONGER THAN I WAS BEFORE GOING THROUGH THIS

-THE BATTLE IS HIS AND THE VICTORY IS MINE

-JESUS LIVES IN ME AND GREATER IS HE WHO IS IN ME THAN HE WHO IS IN THE WORLD

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7 Things You Do Every Day That Are Destroying Your Life’s Potential

7 Things You Do Every Day That Are Destroying Your Life’s Potential

7 Things You Do Every Day That Are Destroying Your Life’s Potential
Via http://elitedaily.com/life/destroying-your-lifes-potential/788864/
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Throughout my young life, one of the most important things I have noticed is that the smallest decisions we make each day tend to have some of the most profound consequences on our overall state of being.

However, sometimes unhealthy habits become so routine, we forget to take a moment to think about the value these choices have on our futures, and even our day-to-day lives.

Below are seven decisions from which I have chosen to refrain. The benefits have become clear almost immediately in my attitude and overall wellbeing.

1) Excessive Social Media

One of the first things you do each morning is roll over and unlock your phone. Someone you barely remember from that party freshman year announces her engagement on Facebook, and soon, you’re 20 profile pictures deep into her past, questioning why you’re still single.

You then proceed to scroll through every missed Instagram picture until you’re at the exact same snap of any one of the Kardashians’ multiple selfies, right before you turned the lights out.

Instead, silence your alarm and pull yourself out of the sheets. Stretching every morning reduces muscle tension and increases energy levels. Eating protein within 30 minutes after waking up accelerates the metabolism and speeds up the weight loss process.

Changing up your morning routine could transform your entire day.


2) Worrying About Nothing

Don’t feel the constant need to make sure everything will fall perfectly into place in life. Let events, changes and new experiences shape you without being preoccupied with the future.

Know that, sometimes, things are just completely out of your control. Worry less about making more and more money (if you love what you do, this will come naturally).

Understand that events in life occur in processes, and while difficult times will happen, they will ultimately end, as well. It will all work out fine — I promise.


3) Becoming Complacent

When was the last time you tried a new dish at that same restaurant you’ve frequented since moving into your apartment? I get that the buffalo chicken wrap is out of this world, but the second page of the menu may unlock secrets you’ve never even imagined.

Go out into the world and try something you’ve never done before, like yoga, rock climbing or improv classes. Google how to thank the barista who speaks a different language at your local coffee shop.

These small, new choices you make in your life will not only shape your perspective of life and its different meanings, but also help you to discover new interests and passions.


4) Bumming It To School Or Work

Rather than straightening your hair, you throw it up in a bun. Instead of hitting the gym bright and early, you throw on last week’s sweats and rush to catch the train.

Doing this sets you up for failure. Opt for some clothes that will stand out during your morning commute or at the 9 am meeting with the general manager. If you dress for success, no setback will make you feel any less than perfect.

Remember that Beyoncé only has 24 hours in a day, too. If Bey can look that good every day, can’t we?


5) Binge-Watching Netflix And Skipping The Gym

You discovered there is a season two of “Orange is the New Black,” but that does not mean you have to watch it all in one day, no matter how hard it may be to refrain.

As easy as it is to cuddle up to your laptop and a bottle of red, the satisfaction of hitting the gym for just one hour each day will have limitless effects on the body and soul.

Besides, Piper and company isn’t going anywhere. You might as well space out your weekly programming so you can look forward to treating yourself after some hard work and sweat, rather than feeling left without a purpose in-between seasons.


6) Caving Into Temptations

Whether it’s losing five pounds, saving up for a new pair of boots or acing a final exam, humans set their minds to goals on a daily basis.

Immediately after placing these goals, the world seems to throw us boundaries and obstacles that inhibit us from gaining what it is we truly want. For instance, your roommate ordering a pizza, or your friends going out for happy hour (which usually turns into you dipping into rent funds for a $10 margarita).

Endless distractions, cravings and temptations stop us from sticking to what it is we set our minds to. Learn what these challenges look like and conquer them.

Treat each day like a challenge, and congratulate yourself each day you become one step closer to your goal. If you do fall off track, get back up. Don’t let one bad day make you feel incapable, or anything less than worthy.

The saying your fourth grade teacher had still holds true: If you can dream it, you can achieve it.


7) Building Someone Else’s Dream Instead of Your Own

George Bernard Shaw once wrote,

Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.

Humans are not born on a track. We aren’t just given paths to take and lives to exist in, whether we like it or not. This will limit you from focusing on your life’s deeper meaning.

If there is any aspect of your life you are not happy with, you need to take the steps in order to change it rather than remaining idle. Change has to come from you. Do something about it; cause hell and fight for what you deserve because nobody is going to give you anything in this world but you.

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“Goals are Cool, But You Need a Plan”

As many of you may or may not know, I am a contributing editor as well as the current web content manager for WEEN (Women in Entertainment Empowerment Organization). Well while browsing some of the blog entries from years ago, I came accross “Goals are Cool, But You Need a Plan” posted by Faythe Johnson. Here’s what it says:

No matter where you are in your life, or in what area such as career, spirituality, finances, personal relationships, etc., if you don’t feel like that is your final destination, you need more than goals– you need a plan.
 
The goals you set have to be attainable. Even if some may seem far-fetched, the smaller goals you set related to the main goal will often determine the likelihood of you achieving some success. Don’t be afraid to start small and take baby steps. The goals will seem less intimidating and you’ll be able to re-evaluate, adjust, and improve when necessary. If your goal is to dedicate more effort towards improving your spiritual life through prayer, reading, and connection with others, you’ve got to begin somewhere. Start small by committing to daily prayer or meditation and watch how things begin to evolve.
 
Set a time frame. You need to give yourself some time to be able to achieve your goals but you also need be mindful that too much time is an invitation for procrastination, which is one of the major pitfalls of planning. If you’re attending an institute for higher education and you haven’t really figured everything, understand that at some point, you need to figure something out and then get out yourself. A lot of people drag out the experience because they’re unsure of what’s going to happen when they’ve graduated. Your short-term and long-term goals need a time frame or else, there’s no distinction and no motivation to achieve them.
 
Keep in mind that things will change. Your attitudes, beliefs, inspirations, situations, and feelings will naturally change as you continue to grow, learn, and discover who you are. Do not be afraid to call an audible if these changes occur. Just take the time to do some re-evaluation and re-align your goals with your aspirations. However, don’t be so quick to jump ship at the sight of adversity. That will also come naturally, oftentimes meant to knock you off track and cause you to become fearful.
 
Share your plans with a few people you trust. When other people know what your plans are, that creates accountability and a desire to follow through. Nobody wants to look like a quitter or someone who repeatedly drops the ball. Your friend, family member, or mentor will hold you responsible when you begin to slip. Also it’s good to have support, which is why it is critical to share with only those who you trust and know will remind you of what your plan is.
 

If you can’t measure it, it doesn’t count. While working towards achieving the goals you’ve set, periodically, you must take time out to measure them and make sure that they’re actually taking you somewhere. You should be able to specifically say that “by doing ______ successfully, I have made ____ steps towards gaining real success. ”

Faythe touches on some great points. I suggest you guys take note. If you guys want to get more inspiration or check out some of my work for WEEN, visit the WEEN website: www.weenonline.org/

– Joc

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