Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Knowledge (Followed By Action) Is Power


At some point, we have all found ourselves in uncomfortable situations. When the problem seemed so big to us, and the solution was unknown. The more we learn about our condition or situation, however, the better equipped we will be to help ourselves through the hard times. 

When my health problems first started, I researched them continuously. Even when I was told by several doctors that I wouldn’t get better. I refused to believe the bleak prognosis. While it would make me sad for days or sometimes weeks. God would always give me the desire to get out of my bed and search for a solution to my problem.

Once I started researching possible solutions, it immediately helped me because I felt as if I had some control over the situation. It’s the hopeless and helplessness that is so hard to deal with. Over the years, I have learned that my health and wellness begin with me. It is determined by my actions, decisions, and beliefs. 

When we research whatever we are struggling with, we give ourselves the knowledge and opportunity to overcome the hardship.

Today, I encourage you to research whatever is bothering you. At our fingertips is a wealth of knowledge, and testimonials of people who have already overcome the problem we are struggling with now. If we find out what they did, and do the same thing, we can overcome it, too. 

Love and blessings, 


Candida 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Mastering Self-Control

Mastering the art of controlling one’s self is probably the hardest skill to master. The flesh is consumed with sin, therefore it wants to partake in the things of the world and indulge at every opportunity. In truth, my mind never wants to do the things that need to be done. 

From what I’ve read, our minds are constantly searching for ways to get us out of pain and into a pleasure state of mind. We hate pain and discomfort and fight against it at every opportunity. We tell ourselves when the alarm clock sounds that it is painful to get out of bed. Therefore, we have linked pain to getting up early. Every time we try to get up early, we have to overcome the pain—until we change our mindset. 

So how do we change our mindset? We have to link a new feeling to the action. Instead of linking pleasure with sleeping in, I’ve learned to link pleasure with getting up early and mastering my morning. Now I link pain to sleeping in. 

It’s the same with exercising. I no longer view it as a chore or something that I have to do. Now I see it as something that helps my body. The pain, for me, is not exercising. When I don’t exercise, my muscles become stiff and the stiffness leads to pain. So when I consider skipping my daily workout, I remember the pain that it will cause me in the future, and it helps me to persist beyond my excuses. 

My diet is another example. If I have a moment of weakness and eat gluten or dairy, I might enjoy it in the moment, but afterwards the pain of eating the food will last in my body for weeks. Once I eat the foods that I’m allergic to, there is no way to reverse it, therefore I have to suffer the consequences of my actions. 

Sunday we celebrated my husband’s birthday with chocolate chip cookies. We had two different kinds. Gluten/dairy free and the regular ones. I allowed myself two cookies and enjoyed them. I knew, however, that I would want to eat the rest of them later, so I helped my future self out. Instead of keeping the cookies separate, I mixed them in with the ones containing gluten. By contaminating the cookies, I prevented myself from eating anymore. If we know we have a problem with self-control in a certain area, then we need to figure out a way to help ourselves out. 

Every day is a new opportunity. Set your intentions for the day. How will you conquer your day? 

Love and blessings, 


Candida 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Silencing The Excuses

It would be so easy to go back to bed this morning. If I crawled back into the bed right now, I could sleep for another two hours before time to get ready for work. While it is tempting, I am not going to give into my temptations when I’m sleepy. Before my alarm sounded this morning, I had already set intentions for my day. Going back to bed was not part of my plan. I will not trade the immediate satisfaction of a little more sleep for my dreams. When I set my alarm, I did so for a reason. This is the only time of this day that I can fit in an hour to write, while everyone else is asleep, and the house is quiet. If I don’t write it now, then it won’t get written. I know this from experience.

If it’s important to us we will find a way, if not we will find an excuse. Have you ever heard that expression? It’s so true. The force guiding us has to be stronger than the one trying to stop us. On the mornings, when I really want to go back to bed, when I don’t feel like exercising, and when I don’t have a thought for a blog, I have to think about why I do this. When I get a clear picture in my mind of why I do it, then I can summon the strength to take the next step. 

Our flesh is weak. It always wants to take the easier path, but God gave us the power of choice. Today, I choose to chase my dreams. Today, I choose good health. I will not put off my goals and dreams for another day. 

Today is a new day. Today is the start of a new week. Let’s make it great! We can surrender our bad thoughts and set our intentions for the day. Today can be anything that we decide for it to be. If we decide to have a great day, then we can have a great day. This morning as I was yawing and rubbing my eyes, I thought of the song my niece loves. Once a few lines of the hot dog song ran through my head, I was ready to jump up and receive my brand new day. 

Love and blessings, 


Candida 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

God Loves Us Right Where We Are



We can’t hide from God. He knows where we are in our lives, right down to our thoughts and the intentions of our soul. While others may accept our excuses and believe our lies, God knows the truth. We can’t fool Him, nor keep secrets from Him.

The best way to serve Him is with honesty. Ignoring our problems and hiding them will not make them go away. It will only create more problems. We just need to put aside all of our excuses and thoughts, and go to Him. He understands our pain and shortcomings, and He has the power to help us overcome them all.

The farther away we get from the Lord, the easier it is to believe the lies of the enemy. The enemy wants us to believe that we are hopeless and that our lives are hopeless. However, that is not true. God loves us unconditionally. He might not be pleased with our ways, but He loves us all. Regardless of what we do. If we had to earn His love, we would all be in trouble, but God loves us all right where we are. 

We don’t have to earn His love. God just wants us to accept His love. When He dwells in our heart, it makes us to want to be a better person. Something inside of us wants to learn more about Him and His ways. Our soul desires the presence of the Almighty God. So today as the devil gives you a long list of reasons to not go to church, I pray that you remember the one reason why you should go. God loves you. 

Have a wonderful day!

Love and blessings, 

Candida

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Tomorrow Is The Day Of Failure


How often do we put off today’s chores for tomorrow? I do it all the time. Procrastination is often the thief of my success and peace. In my heart, I know the things that I should be doing, and yet I save the task for another day. Then, when the day finally comes, and all the chores need to be completed, I feel overwhelmed. 

Not anymore!

I will not allow the devil to steal my success and inner peace. Every day I want to do what needs to be done as well as the things that I want to do. Life is too short to live with regrets. While I am sitting around regretting the things I didn’t do yesterday, and contemplating what I will do tomorrow, I lose again. Because we lose today when we focus on yesterday and tomorrow. 

So my goal is to live in today. Every morning we should praise God for the gift of another day. And then proceed to live as if we will never see another day. Can you imagine how our life would really change if we did this? Then, tomorrow if we are blessed with another day, we should receive it with joy and gratitude. And stop taking it for granted. 

In life we are either growing or dying. When we adapt the dying mindset, then our lives are filled with fear, regret, and disappointment. If we continue with a negative mindset about life and failures, after a while our hope will diminish. But the amazing part is that we can decide to change it today. 

Today, we can do that thing we’ve been putting off. Today, we can give and receive more love. Today, we can pray and speak to our God about the plans He has for our lives. Today, we can take action and change our lives. 


Thank you Lord for the beauty and power of today! 

Love and blessings, 

Candida 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Why I Write A Daily Blog


Writing this blog, consecutively for over 100 days, has been one of the hardest things that I have ever done. Regardless of how I feel physically, emotionally and mentally, I still sit down and try to capture my thoughts. Sometimes I feel as if I have nothing to give, but I still put forth an effort. Honestly, I don’t know what is inside of me that needs to come out until I sit down and pull it out.

So why do I do it? Why do I write a blog when I could be writing a book? 

I know how it feels to need help. As a little girl, I often cried and asked God to send me someone to help me through my challenges. I felt so alone. My troubles seemed so big and my mind couldn’t figure out a way to escape from the pain. As an adult, I have experienced the beauty of realizing that we are all the same. We all have thoughts of doubt, question our self-worth, feel as if we are not good enough, and struggle to find out purpose. As times, we all feel a little broken. 

If I could possibly help one person by sharing my journey, then I want to do it wholeheartedly. I want to shine a light and be of service to as many people as God will bless me to help. That is my heart’s desire. Yes, it’s hard to share my insecurities, fears, doubts, pain, trials and tribulations with others. But it is also hard for me to see other people suffer—especially, when I have experiences that might help them. 

It’s all comes down to one thing. My life is not just about me. If it was, I could just journal and keep all of my thoughts to myself, while still releasing them from my mind. God, however, wants me to share my journey. So, I do. Every day as I hover over the publish button, and my mind lists all the reasons I should just delete my post, my heart hopes that my words will reach the one person who needs to read them. And I hope that it helps them in some way.

Love and blessings, 


Candida

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Why I Read The Bible


We are not born with wisdom or experience. Every trial and hardship is new to us and can be incredibly scary without the knowledge and guidance to get overcome it. So God gave us examples of how others have endured and learned to overcome the same type of struggles to give us encouragement and hope.

These stories, however, cannot help us if we don’t know them. When we read and study the previous examples of good versus evil, and see how God has always delivered His people, it gives us hope for our own lives. We know that He doesn’t have respect of persons. If we do what they did, then we can overcome the same type of hardship as well. 

He has a solution for our every problem and comfort for our every heartache. I love reading how He has always taken care of His people. It is such a comfort to know that someone else has had my feelings, dealt with my same obstacles, and still came out of the situation victorious. Every time I open my Bible, hope and love fill my heart. Reading about God’s love for me makes me want to be a better person. It makes me want to live my life so that through me someone else might see Him. 

Love and blessings, 


Candida 

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