Welcome to the very first episode of the Flourish In Purpose podcast, in today’s episode we are discussing the key that you need to succeed in 2019, FOCUS! I know that sometimes life may be hard and that sometimes it might be messy, but in the midst of the changes, we must learn to focus.
Life is moving whether or not we are. We have to get to a place where we stop allowing distractions to reign king and start taking control of our life. Sometimes life may be hard and messy, but we have to get to a place where we stop allowing things and people to prevent us from doing what God has called us to do. Lack of focus can be our most significant limitations however today I am going to share ways to help you find focus even when life tries to take our attention.
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“God does not stop our assignment because of the fact that life happens.”
“The saying that time waits for no one is true. Time is moving whether or not you are on the journey. We have to stop allowing THINGS to keep up from our FUTURE”.
“Sometimes we get so focused on what things look like around us that we never allow the opportunity for our situation to impact others.”
“A goal without a deadline is just a dream.” -Robert Herjavec
Guys, I have been keeping a HUGE secret, and I am so glad to announce that I can finally share!
As you know I told you I have big dreams for the Flourish In Purpose community in 2019 but did you know that one of those things included a podcast, yep you heard me right a PODCAST! I am so excited to announce that the launch of my podcast, the Flourish In Purpose podcast is coming this week!
The Flourish In Purpose podcast is a weekly Christian lifestyle podcast that will inspire, motivate and challenge you in living your life for Christ. Expect weekly insight from your host Tamika Mahomes as well as other inspirational guests.
So I know you may be asking when is the podcast coming. And the answer is SOON! The very next post that you see on this blog will be the release of our very first episode. And while I want to share more, I do not want to ruin the surprise. So I'll say this, stay tuned my friend, stay tuned!
As always I make content to help reach and interact with you all so I ask that you comment below, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org topics that you want to hear about on the podcast. Share your social media information and website and I will be sure to shout you out on air!
Well friends that is all for now, I am so so soooooo excited to go on this journey and to take you all with me. So guys stay tuned! Ekkkk!
"I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine" John 10:14 (KJV).
One of the things that we as humans tend to do, is hide our emotions. In hiding our emotions we never expose who we truly are. The thing about God is that he not only sees who we are, but he knows us at our core. And even though he knows us and all our flaws and screw ups, he still love us. Isn't that amazing?
God loves us so much that he came in the flesh as a sacrifice and laid down his life for our sins. You see, that is what the good shepherd does. Prior to this point of the text, the Bible talks about hirelings, those who are get paid to tend to the sheep. The thing about hirelings is they had no vested interest in the sheep. Since there was no attachment to the sheep, when thieves and robbers came, hirelings would not stick around to save the sheep, the would run. So when we get to verse 14, Jesus distinguishes himself as a good shepherd, one that will risk it all for his sheep.
When it comes down to it, I do not know too many people that would willing lay their life down for you, even when you've messed up and done them wrong. The Lord, Jesus Christ, made a choice to lay down his life before you messed up, before you strayed away, and before you knew who he was, that is how much he loves you!
Lets talk...How have you seen God as the Good Shepherd in your life?
"Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert" Isaiah 43:18-19 (KJV)
Happy New Year everyone, welcome to the first blog of 2019! Ah! Don't you love a new year? The new year often gives us new opportunities to make significant changes in our lives. So today let's talk a little about that opportunity.
The thing we must understand about opportunity is that it is nothing more than an idea when you do not feed it, and allow it to grow into something more. Think about the people who set a resolution to lose weight; you can't lose weight if you leave it as an idea. You have to put in the work; you have to go to the gym, you have to change your eating, you have to be better.
When we read the scripture in Isaiah, God is telling Israel, I want to do something new inside of you, but you have to change. Letting God do something new in us requires that we let go of our past. We have to get rid of our past ways of thinking and move forward into what he has for us. The thing I love about this passage is that although God told them to forget their past, he also said take a moment and reflect on what I brought you out of. In other words yes it is okay to reflect on your past for a moment, but do not stay there.
Much like the children of Israel, I believe that in 2019 God wants to do some new things in us, but we have to let him. Our old mindset can't go into the new territory For us to move forward we have to let go of the things holding us hostage.
We all have a past, we all have a yesterday, but we can not allow our yesterday to keep you from a beautiful tomorrow. God does not require you to map your tomorrow out, all he asks you to do is trust in him. So can we let go and trust him today? I know it might not seem easy, it might not always make sense, but when you let go and truly trust the plans God has for you, I believe that greater is coming.
Let's talk, what new things is God trying to do in you in 2019? I encourage you not to miss it! Let's stop focusing on the place that held us captive and let's move forward in 2019!
It's here, it's here, it's here! It's my baby's first birthday. Happy Birthday to the Flourish In Purpose blog! I can not believe that it is here! It has been such an amazing, self-reflecting journey that has been nothing short of amazing!
As I reflect on what starting this blog has taught me, the biggest thing it has taught me was change! When I started my blog, it was strictly a business based blog. At the time I was finding a strong interest in learning about business, I originally wanted to share what I was learning and help others. Along that journey I began to have an urge to share more lifestyle based content. So I began to share business and lifestyle content. In June 2018, I felt a tug on my heart to share Christian based content. Christ is the core of who I am and what I do!
Through out all of those changes, I have learned that it is important to stay true to what your passion is and not the passion of other people. While business always interested me, it is not my passion, Christ is. So that brings me to where I am here and now. Flourish In Purpose is changing, yes CHANGING.
The Flourish In Purpose brand will remain, but I am going to share what I am truly passionate about at my core, and that is Christ. Starting 2019, I will no longer be sharing business based content, this blog will exclusively be Christian/Lifestyle based, and boy am I excited. If you have been around for the last month for the #Prayermas series, you have already started to see the beginning of these changes. This journey of blogging has taught me that when you stay true to who you are that will reflect to your audience, providing you a better way to connect with your readers/listeners.
My prayer is that throughout the changes, you are inspired. I am so excited for this journey. My readers are the most important part of this blog, so I would like your feedback. Comment below what Christian/Lifestyle based content you want to learn about. I look forward to blogging more Christ centered content. Friends, we are going on this journey together.
The world of blogging is one of the most amazing things that I have ventured into and I am so thankful for the things that I have learned and for having the courage to go on this new journey together.
Well guys, I will see you next year haha! I am so excited for what's next! Stay tuned for what is to come.
"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6
Today Lord, I want to say thank you. Thank you for the Christmas season and what it represents, the birth of your son, Jesus Christ. As we celebrate this holiday season, never allow us to forget what it is about, Jesus. Isaiah 9:6 is a reminder that you are the everlasting God. Lord God allow your eternal spirit to rule and abide in the hearts of this generation today. I pray that your love pours out and that your people know they are never alone.
Lord your word also reminds us that you are the prince of peace. I ask that you be peace in this season. Protect the hearts and minds of those who are facing loneliness in this holiday season. Many have lost loved ones and are hurt and confused. Lord, I pray that your peace will pour out and that they will feel your stillness even in the midst of sorrow. Please comfort the hurting and lost heart in this holiday season.
Lord finally, I ask that this holiday season brings reconnections. Allow us to reconnect with family and reconnect with friends. Allow hurting relationships to be mended and allow love to abound. Let our hearts also to be reconnected with you. Let this time be a time that we reflect on your goodness, your faithfulness and find joy in knowing that you sent your son for us. Let this holiday season be one of love, happiness and joy. Let your light to shine! Amen.
"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation" Romans 10:9-10
Heavenly Father, today I thank you for life. I thank you for breath in my body. Lord, I understand that as long as I have breath in my body, I have the opportunity to get it right with you. Lord, I realize that I am a sinner, and my sin keeps me from you. Lord God today, I want to renew my relationship with you. I confess that I am a sinner, but your word reminds me that you are a God of forgiveness. Today I say I am sorry and I ask that you forgive me of my sin.
Your holy word is a love story. It is a story that shows me how much you love and care for me. You love me so much that you sent your son to die on the cross for my sins. I believe your word; I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sins. I know that Jesus not only died, but he rose again three days later. Jesus died, Jesus rose, and Jesus lives. He lives and walks with me every day. Lord Romans 10 says that if I confess and I believe, I shall be saved, today, I accept the gift of salvation.
Today I open my heart today and invite you in. I ask Lord that you have your way in my life. Lord, I understand that I need you and that I can not make it in this thing called life without you. I pray that you change me from the inside out. Help my life to reflect you more and more each day. I ask that you rest, rule and abide in my heart and my mind. Amen.
"This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God's inner sanctuary" Hebrews 6:19
Most gracious heavenly Father, I come before your throne of grace. Today as I reflect on Hebrews 6:19, I reflect on the hope that I can find in you. Lord, I know that it is easy to hope in the things of this world, but your word reminds me to place my hope in you. Lord, I understand that hope requires me to trust. It requires me to believe that what you said you would do and to reflect on your faithfulness.
Lord, let your word and truth be the anchor to my soul. Lord teach me how to love you, and show me how to trust you. I understand that I am not in control, I relinquish my control to you. You are good; you are mighty, you are magnificent. Let my soul find hope in that truth.
Whether times are good or bad, let my soul find rest in you. I know that no matter where life may take me, I can find my rest in the fact that you lead me, you guide me, and you are with me. Let my hope and trust be in you and you alone. Allow me to be steadfast and unmovable, knowing that you will do just what you said you would do. Lord you are my strength, you are my hope, you are my salvation, and I put my trust in you. Amen.
"Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble" 1 Peter 3:8 (NIV)
Lord as I come before you today, I am reminded that you are love. Your word reminds me that you love me and that you call me to love others. 1 Peter 3:8 is a reminder that you call your children to display love, sympathy, and compassion unto others. The love and compassion that we show is a direct reflection of the way that you shine it upon us.
When those around us are suffering, Lord remind me to have patience and to be kind. Never allow me to forget that everyone is on a personal journey and throughout the path of life, people require patience and love. Help me to love those around me as you have instructed me to. As your love shines through me, allow that love to lead others to you. Amen.
"In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (KJV)
God, throughout your word it reminds me to present myself with a heart of thanksgiving. And today Lord I just want to say thank you. Your word says in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 that I am to give thanks in ALL things. I am thankful because, throughout all things in my life, you have remained faithful! Lord, you are good even when life is not.
I want to thank you for health, life, and breath in my body. I know that it is not by mistake that you have woke me up and allowed me to see another day. I thank you for clothing me in my right mind. I thank you for giving me a mind to get up and to serve you day in and day out. Lord, I thank you for the people in my life, and right now I pray a prayer of protection over all of them. I thank you that I have a roof over my head, clothes on my back and food in my stomach.
And Lord, most importantly, I want to thank you for my relationship with you. I thank you that even when things do not look or feel how I think they should, you are working things out for me. You are the driving force in all that I do and in who I am. And I ask that you continue to lead me and guide me, allowing me never to forget who you are in my life. Lord you are good, you are faithful, you are constant, and Lord I thank you. Amen!