2015- the year I learned to check my heart! The words of a great preacher has been ringing in my ears this year: "It's impossible to feel good and think negative thoughts and the opposite; It's impossible to feel bad and think positive thoughts" - Charles Nieman. I heard this sermon at the Dream Center in Los Angeles almost 10 years ago but it always stayed with me. This year more than ever the words became real. I realized that good and bad things happen to everyone. It's just part of this journey we call life but it's up to me how I will react to everything that happens. If things don't go the way I was hoping for, I have two options:
1) Get so incredibly disappointed that it effects everything I hear, do and EXPECT.
2) Decide that faith is hope of the unseen (Heb11:1)! Decide that despite the fact that I don't understand why things didn't go the way I expected, there is a greater picture that is being created and this particular one thing was just ONE puzzle piece in that greater picture.
The seeds you sow, will grow and re-produce the same fruit. It is IMPOSSIBLE to sow watermelon seeds and get an apple tree. If you sow watermelon, you will get watermelon. If you sow Apple seeds, you will get apple tree. It's the same with our lives, if you sow the seed of disappointment, hopelessness, despair & unbelief guess what? You'll get the fruit of disappointment, hopelessness, despair & unbelief.
If you sow the seed of faith and hope, you'll get the fruit of faith and hope.
When things happen in our lives that we didn't expect, it's easy to say "I knew it" "I can never get a break", "I always meet the wrong guy/girl", " I can never make ends meet", "I'm just not meant to be successful" "maybe this is just my destiny" and so on. We all do it! It's a way to falsely "protect" our hearts from the pain of disappointment BUT guess what?!? Those sentences are exactly what the seeds of disappointment, hopelessness, despair & unbelief look like.
I say STOP! Think about what you think about because what you sow, you will reap.
What you seek, is seeking you! "For as he thinks in his heart, so is he" Prov 23:7 (NKJV).
Instead, take the time to check your heart and your mind. If you don't "feel" good, know that you're probably knowingly or unknowingly meditating on the wrong things and in turns sowing the wrong seeds which in turns produce after it's own kind --> wrong kind of fruit. Make a conscious decision to change your thoughts and shift them towards the positive.
One thing I did this year in September (thank you Ashlina Kaposta- @thedecorista) was to create a vision board. I'm a visual person. My vision board is a picture collage of things that my heart desires but have not yet seen. If I tell you that at least 1/2 of my board happened without me even "trying" to make it happen, you wouldn't believe it!
Partially it's because I decided to let go of my control in trying to "make" things happen and trust in God that good things are coming my way.
The second part is that my "meditation" shifted. I started thinking of the good things that I put on my board. I put my picture collage as the background of my phone. Every time I look at my phone (and honestly that might be 100 times per day) I am reminded of all the things I desire to see. I'm also reminded of all the good things that actually already happened. This my friends is what I call " Sowing good seeds"!
The past few days I've spend making another vision board. It's for the coming first few months of 2016. It has pictures that symbolize things my heart desires to see happen in my life. I wanted to share my lesson of 2015 with you so that you maybe will do the same. Clean house (aka your mind and heart) and create a vision board (if you have iPhone you can make it using the app Pages). I think despite what life throws your way, you can have a great, peace filled, successful life.
I'm really excited to see how the next few months unfold. Please share your vision boards with me.
Praying for a fantastic start to 2016 for you all! Xxx/ Natalie
PS: here is my vision board from September... I'll share the next one in a few months with all the amazing things that will happen by then...