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Living A Vibrant Life in 2017 – Serving Others

Taking time to serve others is so important as it moves us from being self centered to focusing on others . Please remember it is important to take time to look after yourself, but it is also important to give some of your God given gift to uplifting others.

Serving others can take the form of voluntary work, stopping to help someone with directions or doing some work at your church. there are a host of this you can do.

Here are 3 others we should consider serving others:

  1. Serving others transforms who you are for the better from the inside out.
  2. It’s an opportunity to do small things with great love.
  3. When you give of yourself you begin to feel grateful for what you have and the opportunity to share it.

Take a moment and think of the last time you extended yourself to serve someone else without looking for something in return. If you can’t think of a time then I encourage you to start today.

 

Living a Vibrant Life in 2017~Identify Blessings Daily

Each day that we wake up in the morning is a blessing. It is an opportunity to express gratitude to the one who created us and it also gives you a chance to commit your day to God in prayer. Before you go to bed identify another blessing that you can be grateful for from your busy day.

I have come to realize that it is important to identify at least one blessing in everyday, even if I have had a bad day there is always at least one thing good I can be thankful for.

Being grateful daily will build a positive stronghold in your life and it will eventually change the way you see your life and the lives of those around you. So start today and begin to identify daily blessings, try it for the next 21 days and see how your life and attitude changes.

There is a lot of negativity in the world so join me in changing our immediate world one daily blessing at a time.

Living a Vibrant Life in 2017 ~ Comfort Zones

Throughout the month of January I will be sharing with you on how you can live a vibrant life in 2017.

The first thing you have to realise is that breaking out of your comfort zone is key and the change you are looking for is outside your comfort zone. You cannot continue to do the same thing and expect a different result.

Your comfort zone will keep you caged, limited and bound. My question to you is why and what is keeping you in that zone? Is it fear, anger, regret, jealousy, bitterness, low self esteem, lack of confidence or resentment?

If you are going to experience and live the life you were created to live it is important for you to deal with the issues in your life that keep you will  limited.

Be determined to break out because your destiny depends on it.

I have listed some of my other blog posts below that will encourage you to break out and to be all that you were created to be.

 

Steps to a New Beginning!

3 Things To Remember In Times Of Trouble

 

Steps to a New Beginning!

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The year 2016 was an eventful year in so many ways. As a global family we experienced many changes. For example, Britain leaving the European market and Donald Trump being elected the new president of The United States. As well as these global changes, each of us have experienced things that we can learn from.

What 3 valuable lessons did you learn in 2016 that can prepare you for a productive 2017 emotionally, physically and spiritually? It maybe helpful for you  to just take some time and reflect on your experiences so you can answer this question for yourself.

Always remember that no matter what you have been through a new beginning is ALWAYS possible but you have to put in the work so that your desire becomes a reality. Yes it may be painful but it will be worth it!!!!

Let me share 3 tips with you that will help you move into a new year.

1. Keep a log of and deal with your positive and negative mental chatter.

  1. How many times do you beat yourself up during the day?
  2.  Are you constantly thinking critical thoughts about yourself and others?
  3. How many positive thoughts do you have during the day?

What have you learnt about your mental processes and how will you move on from it?

2. Feed your mind with the thoughts, words and images that are most consistent with who you want to be, what you want to have and what you want to achieve.

Vision boards and affirmations are a great starting point.

 

3.Be determined to create a new beginning for yourself  .

Creating a new beginning for yourself has nothing to do with your age. You can begin again at any age and at anytime. Cultivate a new beginning by  learning from any mistakes you made in 2016.

My prayer is that these 3 tips will assist you in building in a better 2017.

Below is a blog post I wrote which will encourage you to over come any fears you may have about 2017. Please also comment, like and subscribe to my blogs!

Conquer Your Fears ~ Enter Your Destiny! Overcoming Your Fears

What would you do if you had no fear? – Challenge

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What would you do if you had no fear? Get a piece of  paper and a pen and write down 3 things you would do if you had no fear.

Ok now look at  what you have written as ask yourself these questions. Write down the answers if you need to.

  1. Why am I allowing fear to stop me from achieving these 3 things?
  2. Why am I afraid?
  3. Will I allow my fears to hinder my future?
  4. What am I going to do about it?

This is my challenge to you and remember your fears are shielding you from your destiny.

 

 

F.E.A.R ~ False Evidence Appearing Real

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The acronym for fear is False Evidence Appearing Real. This is one of my favourite acronyms because it sums up the essence of what fear really is. Don’t get me wrong I think a bit of fear is good if you are taking a step to try something new, having that kind of edge can be helpful. However fear that is prolonged, crippling and paralysing is destructive and intervention is needed.

Remember the acronym says that fear give false evidence. Many of the things that we are in fear of never happens, its false evidence. So whenever you feel afraid or fear is having an usual grip on you take a moment to examine it and ask yourself the question is this fear painting a false picture of an event that may never happen? If you need help to  unravel it then get help but don’t allow yourself to be in bondage by such an emotion.

Remember your destiny and vision is too important to be trapped by false evidence that appears to be real.

 

 

Conquer Your Fears ~ Enter Your Destiny! Overcoming Your Fears

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Over coming our fears is an important factor to entering our destiny or trying something new. Fear keeps you in the same place day after day, week after week and before you realise it years have gone by and you have made no progress in life.

Below are three things to consider when taking steps to overcome your fears.

  1. If your fears are a result of things you have done in the past take a moment to repent and ask God to forgive you (1 John 1:9) and move on. Remember it is also important to forgive yourself.
  2. Getting adequate sleep in critical as not getting enough can cause depression, anxiety and impedes functions spiritually, emotionally and physically.
  3. Talking to some one can bring relief to situations that we are facing. Having another persons’ perspective can help evaluate situations. Counselling is another option to consider if professional help is needed.

I John 4:18 say “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.”  Fear will keep you in torment and not able to enjoy the perfected love of Christ.

So my challenge to you today is to deal with your fears before it deals with you and steals the inner treasure of your heart.

Conquer your Fears. Enter your Destiny~ Intro

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During the month of October I shared on periscope ( download the app and follow me @jenny_allen) about conquering your fear so you can enter your destiny. Over the next few weeks I will be blogging some of this content.

All of us have fears, anxieties about life and how we manage them is critical.  Firstly, fear can be defined as an unpleasant emotion caused by the threat of danger, pain or harm. Other words that can be used in place of the word fear are terror, fright, horror, alarm, dread and distress. The power of these words can paralyse anyone from entering their destiny.

What fears do you have that is keeping you in the same place? What is keeping you from taking that step of faith? Only you can answer that question!

 

 

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The Divine Exchange

 

Isaiah 61:3 ~ To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.”

Life is a continuous exchange of one thing for another. For example,

– We are paid a salary from our place of employment for our time and skill set.

– We breath in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide.

– Plants breath in carbon dioxide and breath out oxygen.

– We go shopping and buy goods and pay the supplier using money as an exchange.

The list continues. Isaiah 61:3 says that God gives beauty for ashes. Jesus came to give freedom to those who are captives, captives in whatever negative state we find ourselves. He also came to give sight to those who are blind whether spiritually or physically. This is the divine exchange. Jesus came to give you an abundant and fulfilled life in exchange for your hurts. When you ask him into your situation he will give you wisdom and understanding to walk though it and he will also lift the sting of the situation. He takes pain and brings healing, He takes sadness and bring joy and he takes shame and brings acceptance.

Please do not misunderstand me our circumstances may not change instantly or in a day, weeks or months, but with the exchange comes a new perspective and all that we face on a daily basis. Life is not perfect and no human being is perfect but we can live each day with a heart of love, appreciation and thanksgiving. The divine exchange gives you a new pair of glasses on life and this enables you to see things more clearly.

Take a moment and think about the things in your life that you would like God to give you new insight on, be honest and just speak to him from your heart with no pretence.

My prayer for you ~ Lord Jesus I pray for the person reading this prayer. Give them beauty and healing in the areas of their life that is hurting. Pour on them your oil of joy and reveal yourself to them in a meaning way, personal to their present need. in Jesus name, Amen.

October DV awareness month – Christian Woman’s Testimony

In continuing in the vein of domestic violence awareness month, I am sharing my second story today.

The link below is from a woman who experienced domestic violence for many years and she is now using her story to empower others and train churches. her story will bless you.

 

God’s Best Kept Secret ~ Zenice Harasymchuk

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