Friday, April 28, 2017

Let’s Do Something


We have no idea what other people go through. Just by looking at them, it’s impossible to know what they’ve experienced or endured. We often judge others based on their actions, instead of looking deeper and glimpsing into their soul. The troubled child needs love. He or she needs to know that someone cares. So often we walk right by someone without smiling or offering them our kindness. But what would our kindness mean to them? 

Have you ever had someone change the course of your day by showing you kindness? A beautiful thing happens when someone extends their kindness to us. It goes beyond our barriers and speaks to our soul. 

Today, I challenge you to be kind. Our children are watching us. Send a message to someone who is struggling. Open a door for a stranger. Smile at everyone. We are all fighting a battle, others know nothing about. When I focus on how I can help other people, suddenly my own problems don’t seem as big. 

Make it your mission to change your world. When we truly set out to make a difference for others, a beautiful thing happens to us. The first world that we change is ours. We can’t be kind and smile all day long without it affecting us in a positive way. As we start our day, let’s ask God what He would have us to do. And then do it with all of our hearts. So often the change is not in the big things that we do, but it is in the small things we do consistently. 

Love and blessings, 


Candida 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Believe In The Process: God Rewards Our Efforts


Sometimes it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Our problems can seem so big that we question our capability to overcome them. We base our beliefs on what we understand, instead of basing it on the greatness of our Lord. While it may be true that we can’t do it alone, but with God all things are possible.
Reaching our goals, and accomplishing our dreams won’t happen over night. It’s a process that we must go and grow though. Quitting and doubting won’t make it happen any quicker. In fact, once we start doubting and venturing off the plan, is when we delay the process for ourselves. Have you ever went on a diet and when the numbers on the scale didn’t reflect the hard work, you ate everything in sight and jumped off the health wagon? Then come back to it a few weeks or months later, weighing even more? We all do it. 

We want instant gratification. Life, however, doesn’t always reward us immediately. Sometimes we have to work for months or even years before we reach the goal. The key is to not give up. If we keep going, putting one foot in front of the other, then we will eventually get there. It’s the constant stopping and then restarting that delays our journey. 

For the things that are truly important for us, we need to put on blinders and keep moving forward every day until we reach our goals. I know how hard it can be. Trust me I have daily thoughts about quitting. But quitting is not part of my plan. So I keep moving forward, believing that one day God will reward my efforts. 

The amazing thing about God is that He works out of our sight. While it might seem hopeless to me right now, God might be aligning it all for my benefit. We should never give up on the dreams that make us cry. God has a plan. He knows how to help us. When we feel like giving up, we just need to spend more time with him. 

Don’t ever allow anyone or anything take away your dreams. You can do it. Because God will help you. 

Love and blessings, 

Candida


P.S. Most of the time these blogs are for me. God blesses me to write what I need to hear. 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

How To Create A Miracle Morning


Do you struggle to get up in the mornings? Once you get up, do you struggle with being productive and starting your day? 

We all have the same amount of hours in a day. It’s up to us how we will use our hours. If we are not careful, our day will get away from us. It used to happen to me all the time. Half the time I didn’t even know what I should be doing, so I was not focused. This lack of focus caused me to procrastinate and waste my time. Then when I wasted my time and didn’t accomplish anything, it made me feel bad. I was stuck in this cycle. Until, I read a book that helped me to break free of the procrastination cycle.

On Monday, May 1, my sister Emily, and I are hosting a free Facebook group to teach others the lessons that we’ve learned from reading the Miracle Morning. It is a simple and effective strategy for making the most of our morning. The whole process gives us tips to stop snoozing, things to do immediately upon waking up, and a guide to go by. 

Don’t worry, we are not going to ask you to get up a certain time. The morning routine can be done whenever you decide to do it. It can last for a couple of hours or be done within 6 minutes. The whole point is to be intentional about our mornings, therefore being intentional about our day. 

If you’d like to join us, we would love to teach you everything that we’ve learned. Everyone is welcome. 

Love and blessings, 


Candida

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Why I Do Online Coaching


Our health is important. It affects every part of our life. When we are burdened with pain and sickness, it is hard to think of anything else and enjoy our lives. Sickness and damage to our bodies doesn’t happen overnight. It’s the small things done daily that compound over time. Bad habits have consequences. Right now eating junk food and watching lots of TV might not seem like a big deal, but when done daily it harms our bodies. My goal is to help people make changes now before they do damage to their bodies and get stuck in the pain and sickness cycle. 

I will never forget the day when I woke up with my legs numb. Nor the rash that covered my body. I never realized how many steps I took each day, until each one became painful. It took me almost four years, and lots of money, to regain my health. Now I know, however, that it is possible.

So often we get stuck in the cycle of using food, TV, etc. as a coping mechanisms. We want it to numb our pain and bring us pleasure. While it may work temporarily, it is not long term. So we eat and watch more. If we learn, however, to deal with our problems in other ways, then we can learn to overcome them. 

In my challenge groups, we learn about nutrition, fitness, and ways to deal with stress. Our mindset is so important to our health. I work with each person on their individual challenges. While I am not a therapist, I can often suggest new habits and help them to find a new way to do things. If you’d like to join us, we would love to have you. 

Love and blessings, 


Candida

Monday, April 24, 2017

Letting God Lead Us


In my heart, I desire to handle all matters wisely. I want to be a light to others that shines directly to my Lord. When all is said and done, loving and serving God is really all that matters. So often we get burdened down by the troubles of the world. It can seem overwhelming at times. We don’t always know what to do. When we go to the Lord for our guidance, however, He will always lead us the right way. 

God didn’t just put us in this world and tell us to do the best that we can. He is with us. God has all the answers. He always knows which direction we should go. When we seek His guidance, then we will be able to discover our purpose and live according to His plan for our lives. 

We don’t have to figure it all out. God has already figured it all out for us. In order to know His purpose and plan for us, we just need to spend time with Him. The more we question and try to understand, the more He will talk to us. Once we discover His purpose and plan, then we just need to be obedient and follow Him. So ofter we think that we have to do great things, but in my experience with the Lord, it is really small things repeated daily. 

When we decide to follow after Him, even when we don’t understand the direction, then He will bless us. Sometimes it takes time. It took me seven years to get my books published. In those seven years, I didn’t profit financially at all from my writing. It was hard to believe in a dream that seemed so far away, but I did it anyway. During my journey, God knew when I was getting discouraged and He always encouraged me. Then one day, in such a simple way, He turned it all around for me. I had two books published at the same time. If we do the work, He will reward our efforts in His time—and it will be greater than we dreamed it could be. 



Don’t be discouraged in well doing. God sees your efforts. He knows your heart. Find out what He wants you to do. Then, do it with all your heart. 

Love and blessings, 


Candida 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

What Does Fighting Solve?


Anytime that we allow hatred to enter our heart, then we are only hurting ourselves. Hatred is a poison that kills the one who harbors it. Nothing good can come from wishing ill will on someone else. 

People are going to do things to upset us. Sometimes it will appear that everything is going wrong in our lives. When we truly feel unhappy with ourselves, then we look for someone else to blame for our misery. It is so much easier to blame others for our heartaches, than it is to look in the mirror and be unhappy with ourselves. 

The real power, however, is not in fighting with other people. We are the strongest when we admit our faults and failures and then work on trying to change them. No one is worth taking away our power with God. We have to learn how to work through our anger. 

How I work through my anger:

  1. Exercise. Sometimes a good sweat helps me to clear my head and use up some of my negative energy. Usually, by the time I am finished working out, my problem is not nearly as devastating. 
  2. Pray. I want to handle all matters wisely, so I need God to guide me. He will also help me look at my situation with a new perspective. 
  3. Learn to respond to situations, instead of reacting. When I react with anger, then it causes me to handle the situation badly. So when a situation comes up, if I feel the anger brewing inside of me, I walk away from the situation until I can handle it calmly and respond in a way that I want to respond. 
  4. Respond with love. The world is already filled with enough hate. I don’t want to add to it. Usually, I can ask myself this one question and it will diffuse my anger. “Are you perfect, without sin?” 
  5. Pray for the person who has hurt me. The ones who treat us the worst need our love and kindness the most. We don’t know what they are going through. Usually, their bad behavior is a cry for help. 

This can be so hard to do, but when we desire to handle all situations with love, God will help us. I never want anyone to be hurt by my hands or actions. And if I am really struggling, I think about Jesus and how He was treated for our sins. I remember how He responded. As they beat Him, He asked God to forgive the ones who were hurting Him. That is the real strength and love. 

Love and blessings, 


Candida

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Why I Love To Read Encouraging Books

We all have problems, doubts, and limiting beliefs. In all reality, we are struggle with something every day. The majority of our problems are manifested by our mind. When we have negative thoughts we create space in our mind for doubts and pain. The longer we allow these thoughts to control our mind, the stronger they become. 

When we read positive books and listen to encouragement it gives us hope. The hope drives out the negativity. It’s a constant battle. We need to be careful what we feed our mind. Whatever we feed grows. If we focus on doom and gloom, and hopelessness, then it will grow and after a while that will be all that we can see. If we chose to respond with love, in all situations, always look for the bright side, and constantly express our gratitude, then we will live a more joyful life.  

I try to read at least one book a week. I love to learn about the things that are especially challenging for me. If I’m struggling with my negative beliefs, then I try to read a book about someone else who has already overcome the challenges that I’m struggling with now. Sometimes just knowing that we are not alone is comforting. 

Regardless of where we are in our life right, we have the power to change our course. We don’t have to continue on the road of self-destruction and unhappiness. Sometimes we just need to give ourselves permission to dream. And then go after our dreams wholeheartedly. The only thing holding us back is that we believe. 

What does your dream life look like? 

Love and blessings, 


Candida 

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