Every Girl Boss knows that faith in God and staying close to Him is the key to success. It goes well beyond simply showing up for church on Sunday and throwing a few dollars in the offering bucket. It means truly living her life by His word and not succumbing to the victim mentality that is so easy to fall into. It can be difficult to schedule time to simply have a conversation with Him or read from the Bible. So how does she stay focused on Girl Boss business AND stay close to God? In this day and age, there are so many books, apps, and other means to make scheduling time with God a little easier. Just like with everything else, she schedules Him into her daily/weekly/monthly plan!
Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act
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THE KEY TO SUCCESS AND HAVING A PROSPEROUS LIFE
What does success mean to you? It could mean providing for your children, having a successful business, or owning your own home. Most anyone you ask can give you their “idea” of success. But what almost always missing is how they intend to get there. Many women see success as a dream that only happens to the lucky ones. That is simply not true. Many of the most successful women started out in dire straights. After trying everything to get out of their situations and circumstance, they FINALLY turned to God (something they should have started with). Once they realized that He IS the key to success and living a prosperous life and began living according to His terms, their lives turned around. Remember, you ARE the daughter of a King!
Pity Has No Place Here
Anxiety weighs down the heart but a kind word cheers it up – Proverbs 12:25
The first thing I always tell women who are struggling is to stop attending the pity party. Feeling sorry for yourself accomplishes absolutely nothing and actually makes the situation worse by increasing depression and other negative health effects. Everyone has a story. Yours isn't special and you are NOT the only woman on earth who has gone through your current struggle. The more you feed your mind negative, pity-filled thoughts, the more you will feel that way. But the more you give yourself kind words and motivation, the more positive your mind begins to work. Stop rambling about whatever bad thing has happened to you because you WILL stay in that mindset. Talk to God about it, then listen. Listen to what he tells you. When you feel the urge to complain, don't. Just listen, because God IS going to speak to you. He IS the key to success and to living a prosperous life.
Start Each Day With a Positive
A Joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones – Proverbs 17:22
When you are going through struggles – which, by the way, is God's way of testing you – it so easy to wake up each day thinking “my life sucks.” Well, if you tell yourself that first thing in the morning, your day will probably suck. Start each day with a positive. A positive quote. A positive comment to your self. Say something positive before you speak any other words each day! It could be a simple as opening your eyes and saying out loud “YES! I'm alive!” I know it sounds silly, but just try it. Then go into the bathroom and look in the mirror. Tell yourself “Girl, YOU GOT THIS!” Every chance you get, say something nice or positive to yourself.
Need some help with this one? Surround yourself with POSITIVE VIBES! I have wall art, stickers, and other stuff plastered on my wall, bathroom mirror, in my closet, on my computer, literally everywhere! No matter where my eyes take me, I'm seeing positive vibes. Positivity is one key to a successful and prosperous life.
Step Outside Your Comfort Zone
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go – Joshua 1:9
There is no progress made in a comfort zone. If you want to get out of your current situation, you MUST step out of that comfort zone – take a leap of faith – and takes steps toward what your heart desires. What are you afraid of? Failure? That is silly because you are failing every day that you don't take a chance. God has your back! He has put it on your heart, is giving you the cues on what to do so, fear not, because he won't fail you! I have suffered from major anxiety most of my adult life. It wasn't until a couple of years ago that I gave my life to Christ. Stuff still happens, things don't go the way I'd planned. But I no longer worry because I know He has a reason and a plan. I had a great job at one time, helping veterans. I lost it due to my medical issues. Instead of fretting over it, I carried on and ended up doing all sorts of random stuff. But you know what? What I had learned at that job, combined with knowledge and resources I gained from all that “random stuff” prepared me for what I'm doing now. He had a plan. Just trust in Him. Not ready to just jump out there or not sure how to start? Check out this tasking journal that challenges you to do one thing each day that centers you and gives you actual tasks to complete. It's OK to start small and build up to what you really want. JUST START!!
Make Time for God
Come close to God, and God will come close to you – James 4:8
It is so easy in this day and age to forget or not make time for God. I'll admit that I am as guilty as the next person. But how can you expect God to show you the way if you don't make time to converse with Him? Would you expect to ace a test if you didn't attend class or study? God is just waiting to talk to you but you HAVE to make the time. There are some who commit to more time but know that He doesn't give them more favor over someone who spends less time (as long as they are indeed spending some time with Him). For me, sitting down and reading Bible isn't productive because of my ADHD and also because my house is always loud and a bit crazy. So how do I get my Jesus in?
On The Go
Phone and Tablet Apps
I have the You Version Bible App on my iPhone but they also have it on the Kindle. for my Kindle but they also have the same app for my iPhone. I have it set to give me a verse every morning at 10 am. I chose 10 am because the kids are off to school by this time and I a bit settle so I can read it. It's great because, in addition to the daily verse, there are several bible study series to do based on different themes such as dealing with struggle or getting closer to God. Aside from this one, there are several other ones you can find to suit your needs.
Get your Jesus on while you are working out, walking the dogs, or even buying groceries! Podcasts are the best invention since sliced bread! There are literally hundreds to choose from and all have different styles and purpose. Here is a list of some of my favorites that I listen to daily!
If you can't find a good podcast but want some AMAZING Jesus motivation and inspiration, check out the live version of Church Unlimited. You can listen to it at specified times throughout the day as you are carrying about your regular tasks!
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Devotional journals are perfect for on the go. Most of them are small enough to fit in your purse or handbag. Need something to read while waiting at the doctor's office? Or even while standing in that long line at the grocery store? Problem solved! AND they are beautifully designed. You can click on any of the journal images below to see just how beautiful they are!
WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
The key to success and living a prosperous life really is within reach. It starts with changing your attitude, changing how YOU perceive yourself and the world around you. If God thinks you are to die for, who are you to say otherwise about yourself? I'm not kidding about surrounding yourself with positive vibes. Even if you have to doodle positive words or quotes with a marker on your ceiling so that is the first thing you see when you open your eyes each day – DO IT! There is no reason to be fearful because is going to be with you all along the way – you just have to believe and trust in Him. Life was meant to be LIVED so live it to the fullest by staying close to Him, asking Him for guidance, and following his Word.
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