IT’S TIME TO SHUT THE DOOR
You have suffered long enough! You have struggled long enough! You have hurt long enough! You have had to bear some burdens long enough! You have given your all long enough! You have paid the price long enough! You have waddled in self pity long enough! You have endured long enough! You have been held captive by others long enough! You have held yourself prisoner long enough! You have felt sorry long enough! You have cried long enough! Lord knows you have been lost long enough! It’s time to shut the door on your past. It’s time to shut some people and things out! You have known this for a very long time but you keep trying to have an open door relationship with closed minded people! You are a giver and they are takers. You are a lover and they are haters. You are a builder and they are destroyers. You are a help and they do nothing but hurt. You are unequally yoked in friendships, relationships work-ships, church-ships, partnerships, marriages, etc. This will not work and not only does it not serve you on any level, it’s affecting you in a bad way! Your health, sleep, finances, work, church, heart, mind and family are suffering. You know this is true because you have had this feeling in your Spirit for a long time. But how? Should you? Could you? Would you? When? How? Really? Why? Why now? Maybe it will change? No! No! No, it won’t! You will have to make the changes and the time is now! Can you? Will you? Say yes to you, starting right now? Write it down, pray and then do it! You will have to shut some doors so God can open new doors in your life! These doors will be pathways without pain, journeys of joy and pathways of peace! Are you ready? Go ahead and shut those doors and don’t apologize! Stand firm, don’t let anyone talk you out of it! You deserve greatness! You deserve love, honor, respect, joy, peace, support, encouragement, abundance and all that life has to offer!
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STOP GIVING WHAT YOU DON’T HAVE
So many times you go over and above for any and everybody except self! Be it time, money, energy, love, support, conversation, encouragement, guidance or just space you try your best to make sure everyone has what they need, everyone but you. You somehow have convinced yourself that this is the right thing to do or shall I say the Christian thing to do. To make matters worst, you think that if you at any time in life received love, help or support during one of your hard times in life that this is required of you for the rest of your life. No, you don’t! God made provisions for you and your debt is paid. It is great to give back but you can’t do it forever nor for everyone. You have convinced yourself that if you don’t help, you should feel ashamed or guilty. I am here to tell you to STOP! I say stop because you have given so much for so long that you are giving what you don’t have. You have depleted self on so many levels. You know this is true. You know this because you are exhausted and empty at the end of the day. It takes everything in you to find rest and you constantly seek peace. Those that really need you never even ask, so you take it for granted that they will be ok. Truthfully you are neglecting them and abusing self. Don’t get me wrong, on the surface when and where it can be observed, you seem to be doing and awesome job but underneath you know you are slowly growing tired. No one pours into you because you don’t allow it! You have convinced yourself and others that you don’t have needs, this is the furthest thing from the truth. You are in great need because you are a source for so many. You keep depleting yourself by giving and not allowing yourself to receive anything from anyone. You bypass the most important person on your journey because you don’t give to self. So stop and assess you, assess your life and those close to you. Then vow to give all of you to you. You will not be wrong, for once you will be right! Give yourself your time, love, money, energy, support, encouragement, guidance etc! It will feel different but it will make all the difference! You see if you pour into self, you will become full and passively overflow into the lives of others! This is how you live! This is also how you should give! If you become full, you will overflow. You will have so much to live for and so much to give. You will no longer live in despair, instead you will learn to live in abundance! Please note: this includes your work, church, community, friend circle and family; you can’t give what you don’t have! Know that everyone will be ok, your putting yourself first will not hurt anyone. It’s time for you to come 1st. I love you as you are right where you are!
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