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Staying positive

When life throws curve ball after curve ball, you have two choices. You can either thrown down the bat and walk away, or you can keep on swinging. If you think about it, this is the choice we are faced with every day. In a world of negativity in which we find ourselves in, we have to make the right choice. My husband and I were recently in a spot where we had to make a choice. We had a family member who had a child who was having a tough time in school. Of course, me being an educator and him being a minister, we knew we had to step in. The boy is only in elementary school and we realize this is a crucial time for him. We also know that the “Pipeline to Prison” is a very real thing in the African-American community, and for young boys if no one intervenes for them, that is the path they will be on.

Therefore, we decided to intervene and we brought him home right after Thanksgiving. (Which is why I haven’t posted in a while) Yes, it has been quite an undertaking. We forgot what it was like to have a little one in the house again. Fortunately, our teenagers all chip in, and we are making it work for him. No matter how the days go, we know what our goal is: to keep him on the right path and out of the prison population. All that to say, when you see negative situations around you, sometimes you are called to intervene–and in those times, you must! Nonetheless, there are some key nuggets I want to encourage you with today, about how to stay positive in a negative world:

Be Goal-Oriented

Set some personal goals (long term and short term) and have some fun pursuing them every day

Be Ever-Grateful

Find something to be thankful for in your life and focus on the good

Be Constantly Prayerful

Rely on the truth of your faith to guide your thoughts

Be Consistently Relentless

Decide that no matter what, you are not giving up on yourself or your goals

Be Driven by Love

Let love be your guide in your interactions with others

Be encouraged friends, and keep on swinging that bat–you are bound to hit something if you just keep on swinging!

In Love,

MLB

I Corin. 13:13 And the greatest of these is Love

Daily Walk, Teachers

New Year, New Focus

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Happy 2020! Wow! January is always a time of reflecting on last year, while setting goals for the new year. For me, I look at triumphs and trials because in the classroom you experience both. In fact, you can count on this happening almost every single day. Sometimes, even moment to moment things happen that make you feel like a teaching rockstar and then other things happen that make you feel like a teaching newbie. Either way, there’s always something to be thankful for. You learn from both, and that is one of the beauties of teaching! So my nugget from the bucket today is:

Celebrate the triumphs no matter how small, and embrace the trials because there are lessons from them all!

We are pressed on every side, but not crushed, perplexed, but not in despair, persecuted, but not abandoned, struck down, but not destroyed! (2 Corin:4:9)

In Love,

MLB

Daily Walk

5 Ways to Recharge Everyday

Growing up in the 70’s and 80’s, I never imagined that I would one day live in a world where I had to plug in everything at night, in order to use it the next day. The only thing I ever had to plug in was my curling iron and that wasn’t every day. There was nothing else I needed to plug in on a daily basis in order to properly function. Fast forward many years later—enter the world of wireless technology. Last night, I plugged in my laptop, phone, tablet, and portable charger. My, my, my how times have changed! Due to these changing times, the increasing requirements in our lives, we have to recharge every night!

Friends, we must do the same thing in our lives both mentally and spiritually! Due to the daily challenges we face and the requirements of our respective jobs, we must plug in and recharge our batteries each night. You might face irate parents, disrespectful kids, unreasonable expectations, or simply someone cutting you off while driving to work. You must recharge! So, here are 5 ways to recharge everyday. I call them the 5 R’s:

  1. Rest! Go to bed! Seriously, get some sleep ya’ll! You need at least 6 hours of sleep to be rested for the next day. Some people can survive on 5hrs. but at least 6 will have you less irritable the next day.
  2. Read! Crack open your Bible and read a verse or chapter. Proverbs are always a good place to start, and of course, the four Gospels show Jesus living a self-less life we can all learn from. This gives your mind something to meditate on and fall back on throughout the day.
  3. Rejuvenate! Listen to your favorite music whenever you get a chance. Research shows music does something wonderful and refreshing to the brain. I personally believe it does something incredible to the human spirit! Also, listen to inspirational podcasts, or watch uplifting videos as well.
  4. Reward! Ok, I don’t mean knock out a gallon of ice cream every night. I’m talking about some small treats that make you feel “Rewarded”. One of my treats is a twix, or hot chocolate from SB. Whatever it takes to make you feel like you have done yourself some good for the day.
  5. Remember! Think about why you do what you do! Think about the value you bring to those around you. Remind yourself that you were created for a purpose and that purpose can only be fulfilled by you–and only if you are recharged every day!

In Love,

MLB

Daily Walk

Staying focused on your mission!

Matthew 26:39: Going a little further, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”

Yes, it gets difficult! Yes, it sometimes gets so hard you wonder why you are still where you are. But as you can see from the scripture above, even Jesus got weary. Even he was overwhelmed with grief on his mission. However, he resolved to stay focused, and surrender to the will of God. Friends, God knows you are weary, and can see you when the circumstances around you are overwhelming. Remember, his timing is not our timing. You cannot focus on how long he has you where you are, you must only focus on doing his will for your life and staying focused on your mission. Here’s a quick reminder today about staying focused:

F- Focus on the truth of his word

O- Oppose negative thoughts about your situation

C- Concentrate on your calling

U- Understand it’s not your will but his

S- Speak life into your circumstances

#Finish Your Mission

Blessings ya’ll!

In Love,

MLB

Daily Walk, Poems

The Amazing You!

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Sometimes things just hit me and I immediately start writing…this is what happened with this poem. I was driving down the highway and I was thinking about how we get bombarded with so much negativity. As soon as I got to a spot where I could write, I started writing these words. So this is my humble attempt of facing some of that negativity you might hear with a little positivity. Here it is, and it’s called….

The Amazing You

Only you have your eyes

Only you have your nose

Only you have what God gave you from your head to your toes

And although you can’t fully fathom all that he has done

There is an abundance within you that will one day shine through

Then you will see the winner inside to whom you must always remain true

Much Love,

Michelle L. Bowers