Monday, August 14, 2017

Today, I Get To

How often do we go through out our days, complaining about all the things that we have to do? I am so guilty of this. So often I make my to-do list with a mental sigh of all the things I have to do that day. This morning as my alarm clock buzzed, my first thought was I have to work today.  Before my feet hit the floor, however, I changed my mindset. I get to work today. It is a privilege denied to many. 

I remember what it felt like to lie in bed, day after day, and wish for the health to work and the ability to walk without extreme pain. Now that I am able to do those things, I will not complain about them. The enjoyment of our lives is based on our attitude. We don’t have to wait until something wonderful happens to celebrate our lives. Every day we can start our day with an attitude of gratitude and enjoy each moment. Can you even imagine how our lives would change if we enjoyed each moment?

So often we go through the motions of life. How often do we eat our food without even enjoying it? How often do we experience blessings without even appreciating them? I do it all the time. God blesses my life and instead of thanking Him, most of the time, I don’t even recognize the blessings. That breaks my heart. 

From this day forward,  I want to manifest more gratitude and truly enjoy my day. This beautiful day will never come again. It is a gift and I want to receive it that way. 

Today, I get to…
  1. Read my Bible
  2. Pray
  3. Write a blog
  4. Exercise
  5. Work
  6. Go for a walk
  7. Cook for my family
  8. Drink my favorite coffee
  9. Fix my hair (I remember a time when my shoulders were traumatized and I could raise my arms over my head.)
  10. Live, Laugh, and Love

What are some things you “get to” do today?

Have a wonderful day!


Candida 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Try Something New

Lately, I’ve been experiencing more pain in my back, hip, and foot. Part of my problem is that I sit at a computer for hours working. Another problem is the formation of my left foot and the fact that it causes my pelvis to twist. During vacation, I went barefoot too often and walked from the water to the house in just my swim shoes. After a few days of being off of my exercise routine, and doing things that I don’t normally do, my whole body ached. 

Knowing that certain things cause my body to hurt worse, also gives me hope that by changing certain things, I could cause my body to hurt less. So I vowed to stop going barefoot. I also decided to invest in better shoes. You know you're getting older when you buy shoes based on comfort and not cuteness. 

When I first started wearing my Chacos, they hurt my feet so bad. It felt as if I had rocks under my arches. My hip and lower back, however, felt better right away. Enduring the pain, I decided to give them a good effort. After a week, or so, the pain went away. Now it is pure bliss. 

I also decided to change my workout routine for two weeks and document my results. Instead of just doing workout videos, I took my workout outside. For a week, I have started and ended my day with a walk. Walking is different from any other workout for me. It helps me to think, pray, and just be present in the moment. In other workouts, my mind seems to drift, but walking helps me to focus. The natural movement has helped also my foot pain, back, and hip pain. I’ve even been running.

This past week I have learned that we are never stuck. If we don't like our current situation, we always have the ability to change something about our day. I am also getting up every day—even Saturday and Sunday—at 5 a.m., and going to bed at 9:00 p.m. The small changes have helped me tremendously. 
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Watching the sunrise and sunset, walking and talking to God, and cultivating more gratitude in my life has helped me to live in the present moment of today. I have been productive, happier, and more creative. 

Sometimes we just need to need to take inventory of our own lives. Where are you right now? When I looked at my own life, I realized that I was wasting too much time and stuck in a rut. So I developed a plan to help me get out of my rut. It required discipline on my part, but the rewards have been amazing so far. 


Is there anything about your life that you’d like to change? Just because we find ourselves in a rut doesn’t mean that we have to stay there.  

Love and blessings, 

Candida

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Conquering My Day

Every day we start with a blank canvas. We get to decide how we will use our day. Once we make good habits and get momentum going with our day, then it is easier to accomplish our goals. When we pause, however, and take a break, then we lose our momentum and it is like starting over from the beginning. I am speaking from experience. 

Before my vacation, I got up early, read my Bible, prayed, wrote a daily blog, and then exercised. It was my routine and I didn’t even think about it—I just did it. Then, I allowed myself to skip one day. The first day it was hard for me to break my habit. After that I searched for an excuse every day until I found one. I stopped blogging, stopped exercising, and adopted different habits. I even allowed myself to eat dairy. Not only did it make me sick, but it affected my energy and my mood. By the end of my vacation, I felt horrible. Instead of going back to my healthy habits, I continued on the downhill spiral. It’s been a month, and I am just now getting back into my routine.

So how can we get back on track?

1. Decide that we will no longer accept our bad behavior. 
2. Develop a plan to get back on track. 
3. Commit to the plan and the daily habits that will help us succeed.

I was having such a hard time getting out of bed every morning, until I read these verses. 

Proverbs 20:13 (KJV)
13 Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.

Proverbs 25:28 (KJV)
28 He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.

Romans 12:11 (KJV)
11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

Prayer has also helped me. When I get up early, have my coffee with God, read my Bible, take time to pray, schedule my day, and walk with Him, then my whole day goes better. In order to serve Him accordingly, then I have to spend time with Him. In the last two days, He has blessed me with so many new ideas. When we show up, with the desire in our heart to work, God will give us something to do for Him.

Love and blessings, 


Candida

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

This Too Shall Pass


This moment, we are in right now, will soon be gone. The pain and misery we are facing today will soon fade away. One day we will look back on this day as a memory. It is up to us to decide what we will remember about this time. Did the trial break us or strengthen us? Are we better because of what we endured or bitter? What did we learn from the trial? 

Whenever I go through a hardship, I try to keep my heart open to the possibilities and lessons that God wants me to learn. The moment I realize that the trial is happening for me and not to me, then I’m able to grow through it. We cannot become stronger without enduring pain. The pain is part of the growth. So often, when I’m in the midst of the fire, I want so badly for God to remove me from the pain. In His time, when the trial has served its purpose, God will bring me out the other side. And I will not be the same person. 

In order to be a mighty warrior for Him, we have to be willing to grow through our struggles. The strongest souls have endured and overcome the most pain. It is through the pain that we obtain wisdom, and learn how to serve our Lord.

Anyone can have faith when everything in their life is great. We can all praise God when our bills are paid, when our health is great, and our loves ones are alive and well. It’s when our life seems to be falling apart that the praise becomes the loudest. 

Today my rib and hip were both out of alignment when I saw my doctor. I’ve been in pain most of the day, but I can’t even be sad about it because I know this pain is only temporary. And I’m so grateful for this day that the Lord has given me. The enemy is continuously putting his attacks on me and God has never failed to help me overcome him. Today will be no exception. 

When the enemy is attacking me, God reminds me that this too shall pass. Our God can make a way when there is no way. He is always in control. Even though I’m struggling to walk, there is still a smile on my face and joy in my heart. My God is wonderful. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. 

Love and blessings, 


Candida

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Help Is On The Way


We all go through moments of uncertainty and fear. When we are facing a Goliath in our life, we sometimes feel alone. During these times, we need to remember that God loves us and He will help us, just as He helped David and so many others. 

Right now my heart is heavy. I have so many friends who are battling illness and going through different hardships. While the enemy always tries to paint us a picture of hopelessness, God is our hope. He has a solution for our every problem. He is there for each and every one. We are never alone. 

During our hardships, we have two choices. We can either a.) get made at God and turn away from Him, or b.) cling to Him and get just as close as we can get to Him. He understands our tears. He knows our situation. And He has a solution to our every problem. We just need to spend time with Him and talk things over with Him. After my surgery, when the pain was intense and my body was reacting from the medicine, I could feel His presence. When every one else was asleep, He was awake and with me. He never left my side. It is during the really hard times that we get to see how much He loves us. Our Lord can comfort us like no other. He can calm us and give us peace during the storm. We serve a mighty God, and He is always right on time. 

And, sometimes, we just need to put our life and our hardships into perspective. The devil tries to magnify everything. He wants us to get down and to believe the worst. God can change things in an instant. We just have to trust Him to take care of it all. 

Sometimes, if I am really struggling with my mindset, I ask Him to give me the right perspective to get through my hardships. In one moment, God can take a very difficult situation and turn it into a blessing—just by helping us obtain a new mindset. The things of this life really doesn't matter anyway. Our relationship with God is all that will matter in the end. When we put Him first in our life, then He will help us with everything else. 

Love and blessings, 


Candida 

Monday, June 5, 2017

Trusting God With Our Lives


We don’t always know what to do. Making life changing decisions can be hard. Especially since we don’t know what the future holds. Our Lord, however, knows. He knows what tomorrow will hold before we get there. That’s why it is so important for us to seek Him on all decisions. He will always lead us the right way. We just have to trust Him.

We usually try to complicate everything because we expect things to be more complicated than they are. God ways are easy, and usually the simplest option. In our minds, we usually dismiss the simple options because we don’t believe it will work. I remember when I was trying to get my book(s) published. I made it so hard on myself. Writing query letters, inquiring about writer’s guidelines, trying to find a suitable publisher, mailing manuscripts, and dealing with rejections. When I sought God’s guidance, I got the same answer—write a blog. At the time, I could not figure out how my blog would help me get published. But that was exactly how it happened. My publisher found me through my blog. 

It was the same way with my health. The doctors had complicated treatments that would have costed me thousands of dollars. All I needed to do, however, was remove the foods I am allergic to so my body could heal. Once I changed my diet, my body started healing—without medicine.

God is all wise. Before we make any type of decision, we need to seek Him. He gives us the absolute best advice. No one cares more for our well being than our Lord. 

Love and blessings, 


Candida

Sunday, June 4, 2017

How God Changed My Life


Then….
Before the Lord came into my heart I felt empty, as if nothing really mattered. My heart was always fearful, and I was afraid to go to sleep each night. Knowing that my heart didn’t belong to God made me sad. The emptiness, fear, and sadness never went away. It lingered in my mind always. 

Now….
My heart is filled with an amazing peace and love. Even if death came to me now, I know that it would be a happy exchange. God would transform me in a moment and a twinkling of an eye, and I will live with Him forever. God’s love gives my life purpose and meaning. My soul is satisfied, and joyful. 

Giving my heart to the Lord was the best decision that I’ve ever made. I’ve never regretted choosing Him as my Savior. He loves me unconditionally, protects me, leads me, guides me, and always helps me through the hard times. 

When I feel His presence nothing else matters. It is a joy that is better felt than told. He died for us. So I want to spend my life living for Him. I could never repay Him for the beautiful gift that He has given me. Even though I can’t repay Him, I still want to show Him my gratitude and love. Sometimes we just need to stop and think about what our salvation means to us personally.  

What does it mean to you?

Love and blessings, 


Candida 

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